Delphic oracle


noun

the oracle of Apollo at Delphi, noted for giving ambiguous answers.
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British Dictionary definitions for delphic oracle

Delphic oracle


noun

the oracle of Apollo at Delphi that gave answers held by the ancient Greeks to be of great authority but also noted for their ambiguityRelated word: Pythian
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Culture definitions for delphic oracle

Delphic oracle


The most famous oracle in Greece, and the location of a temple of Apollo; it was also known as the oracle of Delphi. At the oracle, a priestess went into a trance, supposedly breathed vapors from a cleft in the rocks, and delivered messages from Apollo to persons who sought her advice. These messages were often difficult to interpret.

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