- a ascribed to Orpheus or characteristic of ideas in works ascribed to Orpheus
- s having an import not apparent to the senses nor obvious to the intelligence; beyond ordinary understanding
- It is strange that this orphic saint who dined on clouds became a prophet of the culture's materialism.
- 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.
- There in orphic rapture he touches a dark string in his nature, and a rich defunctive music rises to the page: Watching from a bluff the tiny, clear Sparkling armada of promises .