Definition of Orphic

1. Adjective. Ascribed to Orpheus or characteristic of ideas in works ascribed to Orpheus.

Partainyms: Orpheus
Derivative terms: Orpheus



2. Adjective. Having an import not apparent to the senses nor obvious to the intelligence; beyond ordinary understanding. "The secret learning of the ancients"
Exact synonyms: Mysterious, Mystic, Mystical, Occult, Secret
Similar to: Esoteric
Derivative terms: Mystery, Mystic, Mystic, Occult, Occult

Definition of Orphic

1. a. Pertaining to Orpheus; Orphean; as, Orphic hymns.

Definition of Orphic

1. Adjective. Of or pertaining to Orphism. ¹

2. Adjective. Having an import not apparent to the senses nor obvious to the intelligence; beyond ordinary understanding ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Orphic

1. mystical [adj] - See also: mystical

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Orphic

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orphanotrophy
orphanry
orphans
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orphanship
orphanships
orpharion
orpharions
orpheite
orpheline
orphenadrine
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orphenadrine hydrochloride
orpheus
orphic
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orphically
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orphrey
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orphreys
orpiment
orpiments
orpin
orpine
orpines
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Literary usage of Orphic

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1. History of the Literature of Ancient Greece: To the Period of Isocrates by Karl Otfried Müller, George Cornewall Lewis (1847)
"BC 501). ll was natural that many Pythagoreans, having contracted a fondness for exclusive associations, should seek a refuge in these Orphic conventicles, ..."

2. A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities by William Smith (1891)
"It was a recognised theory that all the philosophers had derived their systems from the Orphic school, and even at the Renaissance there were the most ..."

3. The True Intellectual System of the Universe: Wherein All the Reason and by Ralph Cudworth, Johann Lorenz Mosheim (1845)
"17. opp. who, however, does not say that Homer borrowed this commencement of his poem from Orpheus, but only that he imitated that of the Orphic poem. ..."

4. A History of Greece to the Death of Alexander the Great by John Bagnell Bury (1900)
"SPREAD OF THE Orphic RELIGION Orphic The Orphic teachers promulgated a new theory of the creation of cosmogony, the world—a theory which may have derived ..."

5. The True Intellectual System of the Universe: Wherein All the Reason and by Ralph Cudworth, Thomas Birch (1837)
"Thus much appearing from that riddle, which in the Orphic verses was proposed ... according to these Orphic oracles, gives a particular subsistence of their ..."

6. The Voyage of Bran, Son of Febal, to the Land of the Living: An Old Irish Saga by Kuno Meyer, Dindsenchas, Alfred Trübner Nutt, Scél Túan maic Cairill (1897)
"... the Dionysus cult— Orgiastic mania the common root of Orphic and Celtic transformation and reincarnation beliefs—The agricultural origin of the Dionysus ..."

7. God in His World: An Interpretation by Henry Mills Alden (1890)
"Thus the disciples of Epimenides were Orphic, as was also the Pythagorean ... It was in this way that the Orphic tenets and ritual had so wide a spread, ..."

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