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1. Greek Mythology Of or ascribed to Orpheus: the Orphic poems; Orphic mysteries.
2. Of, relating to, or characteristic of the dogmas, mysteries, and philosophical principles set forth in the poems ascribed to Orpheus.
3. Capable of casting a charm or spell; entrancing.
4. often orphic Mystic or occult.

[Greek Orphikos, from Orpheus, Orpheus.]

Or′phi·cal·ly adv.
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1. (Classical Myth & Legend) of or relating to Orpheus or Orphism
2. (sometimes not capital) mystical or occult
ˈOrphically adv
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(ˈɔr fɪk)

1. of or pertaining to Orphism or to the body of literature, attributed to Orpheus.
2. (often l.c.) mystic; oracular.
3. (often l.c.) entrancing: Orphic music.
Or′phi•cal•ly, adv.
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Adj.1.Orphic - ascribed to Orpheus or characteristic of ideas in works ascribed to Orpheus
2.orphic - having an import not apparent to the senses nor obvious to the intelligence; beyond ordinary understanding; "mysterious symbols"; "the mystical style of Blake"; "occult lore"; "the secret learning of the ancients"
esoteric - confined to and understandable by only an enlightened inner circle; "a compilation of esoteric philosophical theories"
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References in classic literature ?
Very different in character is the "Hymn to Ares", which is Orphic in character.
It found its way into Hellas probably through the medium of Orphic and Pythagorean rites and mysteries.
Because Orpheus is an artist, we read into Orphic characters many of our assumptions about arts and artists.
Among their topics are the story of you: second-person narrative and the narratology of the Georgics, the Georgics in the context of Orphic poetry and religion, puppy fiction: Virgilian reception and genre in Columella De Re Rustica 10, and women and Earth: female responses to the Georgics in the 20th and 21st centuries.
Abstract: In this article, we examine the incorporation of Orphic texts applied to the understanding of God according to Clement of Alexandria in Stromata V, within the process of receiving Hellenistic culture into the interpretation of the revealed data.
The Orphic Bar, located to the left of the lobby, is a lounge-style restaurant and cafe with international snacks and fine Italian coffee.
Besides the bar at the lobby lounge, the hotel includes Orphic Bar which will provide poolside refreshments and the Skyland, a rooftop bar on the 31 st floor that will offer spectacular views of the marina.
The first space offered some of Wills's vibrating constructions, wooden supports across which he stretched thousands of infinitely hued rayon threads in an array of intervals, patterns, and densities; Pashgian's adjacent contribution comprised her signature, comparatively diminutive spheres, here perched atop pedestals mounted to the wall, where they assumed the look of orphic marbles or agents of something like a solar corona.
I link these mainly to Orphic myth, and Orphism as a particular literary tradition, wherein language becomes the ultimate, in other words, the absolute.
The Orphic text presented during the ritual is a translation from ancient Greek sources adapted by the tracologist Prof.
Santini identifies three major currents: 1) the poesia innamorata (from the title of an anthology edited by Pontiggia and Di Mauro in 1978), that harkens back to the orphic mode of authors such as Dino Campana (however, Santini argues, the poets here included are too heterogeneous to be considered a school or even just a useful critical label); 2) a revival of the lyrical-hermeticist tradition, that focuses on the voice of writers and depicts their struggle with a fragmented reality; 3) a group of heirs to the recent neo-avant-garde, expressly hostile to any form of lyricism and confessionalism, and in favor of a more experimental style.