the religious or philosophical system of the Orphic school.
(often lowercase)Also called orphic cubism. Fine Arts. a short-lived but influential artistic movement of the early 20th century arising from analytic cubism and the work of Robert Delaunay and having as conspicuous characteristics the use of bold color, the dynamic, prismatic juxtaposition and overlapping of nonobjective geometric forms and planes, and a lightness and lyricism dissociated from its cubist origins.
- Orphist, noun, adjective
- Compare synchromism.
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How to use Orphism in a sentence
Epimenides must be reckoned with Melampus and Onomacritus as one of the founders of Orphism.
Orphism took up the beliefs of paganism, and adapted them to its own ends.The Unpopular Review Vol. I | Various
Orphism may very possibly represent an ancient Cretan religion in clash or fusion with one from Thrace.The Bacchae of Euripides | Euripedes
Orphism though of foreign origin became a genuine Greek religion, and was the last.The Unpopular Review Vol. I | Various
Orphism and the Mysteries had attempted the same thing in the Grecian world without achieving a lasting success.The Apostles | Ernest Renan
British Dictionary definitions for Orphism
a mystery religion of ancient Greece, widespread from the 6th century bc onwards, combining pre-Hellenic beliefs, the Thracian cult of (Dionysius) Zagreus, etc
- Orphistic, adjective
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