of, relating to, or suggestive of Homer or his poetry.
of heroic dimensions; grand; imposing: Homeric feats of exploration.

Origin of Homeric

1765–75; < Latin Homēricus < Greek Homērikós, equivalent to Hómēr(os) Homer + -ikos -ic
Related formsHo·mer·i·cal·ly, adverbnon-Ho·mer·ic, adjectivepost-Ho·mer·ic, adjectivepre-Ho·mer·ic, adjectivepseu·do-Ho·mer·ic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for pre-homeric

Historical Examples of pre-homeric

  • Thus there were cairns enough, believed to be of heroic and pre-Homeric date.

  • But one peculiarity of the Pre-Homeric religion was, that it consisted in the adoration of different gods in different places.

    Ten Great Religions

    James Freeman Clarke

  • The Mycen lions and the grim lioness of Corfu are ascribed with a calmness which seems brutal to "pre-Homeric times."

    Mentone, Cairo, and Corfu

    Constance Fenimore Woolson

  • Of the pre-Homeric poetry we have no remains, and very little knowledge.

  • The evidence turns on theories of phonetic laws as they worked in pre-Homeric Greece.

    Modern Mythology

    Andrew Lang

British Dictionary definitions for pre-homeric


Homerian (həʊˈmɪərɪən)


of, relating to, or resembling Homer or his poems
imposing or heroic
of or relating to the archaic form of Greek used by HomerSee epic
Derived FormsHomerically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for pre-homeric



1771, from Homer + -ic. Homerical is from 1670s. Cf. Latin Homericus, Greek Homerikos.

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