[ awr-fik ]
/ ˈɔr fɪk /
resembling the music attributed to Orpheus; entrancing. pertaining to a religious or philosophical school maintaining a form of the cult of Dionysus, or Bacchus, ascribed to Orpheus as founder: Orphic mysteries.
(often lowercase) mystic; oracular.
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Origin of Orphic
1670–80; <Greek Orphikós
(cognate with Latin Orphicus
), equivalent to Orph
OTHER WORDS FROM OrphicOr·phi·cal·ly, adverb
Words nearby Orphic
, Orpheus and Eurydice
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How to use Orphic in a sentence
It will now be profitable if we examine the story of Sanchoniathon and the statements of the Orphic Hymns.
We may suppose that the Orphic poems were collected, edited and probably interpolated, in this dark hour of Greece.
On the whole, however, our Orphic authorities can never be quoted with much satisfaction.
The authors of the Orphic cosmogony appear to have begun with some remarks on Time ((Greek text omitted)).
And the whole account is symbolical, we think, consciously symbolical; it has an Orphic tinge, hinting of mystic rites.
British Dictionary definitions for Orphic
of or relating to Orpheus or Orphism
(sometimes not capital) mystical or occult
Derived forms of OrphicOrphically, adverb
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