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runic

[roo-nik] /ˈru nɪk/
adjective
1.
consisting of or set down in runes:
runic inscriptions.
2.
having some secret or mysterious meaning:
runic rhyme.
3.
(of ornamental knots, figures, etc.) of an interlaced form seen on ancient monuments, metalwork, etc., of the northern European peoples.
4.
of the ancient Scandinavian class or type, as literature or poetry.
Origin of runic
1655-1665
First recorded in 1655-65; rune1 + -ic
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Historical Examples
  • Translated in Percy's runic Poetry , p. 27, and often since.

    Epic and Romance

    W. P. Ker
  • On the other sides are runic inscriptions in 77 lines at least.

  • It is trilingual--viz., Chinese, Uighur, and runic or Yenissei characters.

  • But is it not strange that the runic characters are in so many places in this castle?

    Peak's Island Ford Paul
  • He is the god of song and of war, and was the inventor of the runic characters, or alphabet.

    Up The Baltic Oliver Optic
  • runic writings, the most valuable in the world, are collected here.

    Up The Baltic Oliver Optic
  • There is a runic stone on the castle brae which I am going to copy.

  • The back is decorated with the trumpet pattern, and engraved with runic characters.

    Jewellery H. Clifford Smith,
  • There is now no question as to the actual origin of the runic alphabets.

    Palaeography Bernard Quaritch
  • He is a divine legislator, cunning in runic lore, and the creator of mankind.

Word Origin and History for runic
adj.

1660s, from Modern Latin runicus, from Old Norse run (see rune).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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