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  1. of, relating to, or in the style of Pindar.
  2. of elaborate form and metrical structure, as an ode or verse.
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  1. Pindaric ode.
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Origin of Pindaric

1630–40; < Latin Pindaricus < Greek Pindarikós. See Pindar, -ic
Related formsPin·dar·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Historical Examples

  • 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.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for pindaric


  1. of, relating to, or resembling the style of Pindar
  2. prosody having a complex metrical structure, either regular or irregular
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  1. See Pindaric ode
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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.).

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