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  • 1Orphic — Or phic, prop. a. [L. Orphicus, Gr. ?.] Pertaining to Orpheus; Orphean; as, Orphic hymns. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 2Orphic — 1670s, from Gk. orphikos pertaining to Orpheus, master musician of Thrace, son of Eagrus and Calliope, husband of Eurydice, whose name (of unknown origin) was associated with mystic doctrines …

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  • 3Orphic — [ôr′fik] adj. [L Orphicus < Gr Orphikos] 1. of or characteristic of Orpheus or the mystic doctrines and rites in worship of Dionysus ascribed to him 2. [also o ] a) like the music attributed to Orpheus; entrancing b) mystic; occult; oracular …

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  • 4Orphic — Orphically, adv. /awr fik/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to Orpheus. 2. resembling the music attributed to Orpheus; entrancing. 3. pertaining to a religious or philosophical school maintaining a form of the cult of Dionysus, or Bacchus, ascribed to… …

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  • 5Orphic — Or•phic [[t]ˈɔr fɪk[/t]] adj. 1) myt of or pertaining to Orphism or to the body of literature, attributed to Orpheus 2) (often l.c.) mystic; oracular 3) mad (often l.c.) entrancing: Orphic music[/ex] Or′phi•cal•ly, adv …

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  • 6Orphic — /ˈɔfɪk/ (say awfik) adjective 1. relating to a religious or philosophical school maintaining a form of the cult of Dionysus: Orphic mysteries. 2. (often lower case) mystic; oracular. {Greek orphikos. See Orphean} …

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  • 7Orphic Egg — Jacob Bryant s Orphic Egg (1774) The Orphic Egg in the Ancient Greek Orphic tradition is the cosmic egg from which hatched the primordial hermaphroditic deity Phanes/Protogonus (variously equated also with Zeus, Pan, Metis, Eros, Erik …

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  • 8Orphic religion —       a Hellenistic mystery religion, thought to have been based on the teachings and songs of the legendary Greek musician Orpheus. No coherent description of such a religion can be constructed from historical evidence. Most scholars agree that… …

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  • 9orphic — adjective Date: 1655 1. capitalized of or relating to Orpheus or the rites or doctrines ascribed to him 2. mystic, oracular 3. fascinating, entrancing • orphically adverb …

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  • 10Orphic — adjective a) Of or pertaining to Orphism. b) Having an import not apparent to the senses nor obvious to the intelligence; beyond ordinary understanding …

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  • 11orphic — É”rfɪk / ɔːf adj. pertaining to Orpheus; entrancing, mystical (as of occult music) …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 12Orphic — adjective 1》 of or concerning Orpheus, a legendary Greek poet and lyre player, or the cult of Orphism. 2》 relating to the artistic movement of Orphism. Origin C17: via L. from Gk Orphikos, from Orpheus …

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  • 13orphic — or·phic …

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  • 14orphic —   a. mystic, oracular; pertaining to Orpheus …

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  • 15Orphic — adj. 1 of or concerning Orpheus or the mysteries, doctrines, etc. associated with him; oracular; mysterious. 2 = ORPHEAN. Derivatives: Orphism n. Etymology: L Orphicus f. Gk Orphikos f. Orpheus …

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  • 16orphic — adj. 1 of or concerning Orpheus or the mysteries, doctrines, etc. associated with him; oracular; mysterious. 2 = ORPHEAN. Derivatives: Orphism n. Etymology: L Orphicus f. Gk Orphikos f. Orpheus …

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