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[pin-dar-ik] /pɪnˈdær ɪk/
of, relating to, or in the style of Pindar.
of elaborate form and metrical structure, as an ode or verse.
Origin of Pindaric
1630-40; < Latin Pindaricus < Greek Pindarikós. See Pindar, -ic
Related forms
Pindarically, adverb Unabridged
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  • It is precisely these rare and Pindaric mixtures which prove the poet's enthusiasm.

    Notre-Dame de Paris Victor Hugo
  • The cities could no longer welcome an Olympian winner with Pindaric hymns.

  • It may be worth noting, however, that none of his recorded comments on Pindaric verse antedate the publication of this ode.

    A Pindarick Ode on Painting Thomas Morrison
  • There is evidence that Flatman contemplated one more Pindaric, but perhaps it was not written, and certainly not printed.

  • The splendor of the most gorgeous butterfly does not endure with the faint hue of the hills that gives Athens its Pindaric name.

    Literary and Social Essays George William Curtis
  • It has no Pindaric involution, no Æschylean pompousness, no studied Sophoclean subtlety, no Euripidean concetti.

  • How could a poet have bewailed his loves or losses in the stately structure of the Pindaric ode?

  • Haller was a good poet of the Pindaric kind; he was also an excellent statesman, and had rendered great services to his country.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • The poets who wrote Pindaric verse in his praise complained that their flights of sublimity were beyond his comprehension.

  • An appropriate instrument was at hand in the Pindaric ode, the miscreation of a true poet, Cowley.

    The Age of Dryden Richard Garnett
British Dictionary definitions for Pindaric


of, relating to, or resembling the style of Pindar
(prosody) having a complex metrical structure, either regular or irregular
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Word Origin and History for Pindaric

1630s, pertaining to or in the style of Pindar, from Latin Pindaricus, from Greek Pindaros, Greek lyric poet (c.522-443 B.C.E.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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