Orphic 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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  • Orphic — Or phic, prop. a. [L. Orphicus, Gr. ?.] Pertaining to Orpheus; Orphean; as, Orphic hymns. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Orphic — [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 …   English World dictionary

  • Orphic — 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… …   Universalium

  • Orphic — 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 …   From formal English to slang

  • Orphic — /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} …   Australian English dictionary

  • orphic — 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 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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

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

  • Orphic — 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 …   English new terms dictionary

  • orphic — or·phic …   English syllables

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