orphic orphic  /ˈɔr fɪk/


  1. (adj) ascribed to Orpheus or characteristic of ideas in works ascribed to Orpheus
  2. (adj) having an import not apparent to the senses nor obvious to the intelligence; beyond ordinary understanding



  1. It is strange that this orphic saint who dined on clouds became a prophet of the culture's materialism.
  2. In orphic language and with copybook maxims, they all attempt the peculiarly American feat of relating the arcane and the infinite with dollar--cents success.
  3. Since existence is a mystery, and cannot be seen or touched or understood like a common physical fact, he has developed a peculiarly orphic language of gesture and intonation.
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