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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.


1. (Classical Myth & Legend) of or relating to Orpheus or Orphism
2. (sometimes not capital) mystical or occult
ˈOrphically adv


(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"
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.
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 Orphic text presented during the ritual is a translation from ancient Greek sources adapted by the tracologist Prof.
Chapter 5, "Exploding Dimensions of Song: The Utopian Poetics of the Cut" focuses on Nathaniel Mackey's orphic poetics, connecting music to "an ecstatic loss of self" and involving repetition and reiteration that "allows for a temporal logic similar to that of the phonographic record" (172).
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.
Castro presents an intellectual biography of radical German philosopher Marcuse (1898-1979) in stages of early years: childhood and youth, war and revolution, Romanticism, utopian socialism, Hegel, Marx, and Heidegger; militant theorizing in resistance to Fascism 1933-45; state, Freud, and Orphic Marxism 1945-60; radical struggle in the 1960s; Marcuse's final decade: continuities, discontinuities, and intensification 1970-79; nature and revolution; critique of Marcuse; and Marcusean politics in the 21st century.
was to convert the castrato into the supreme Orphic voice of sensibility and pathos of operatic origins; another was to update and ratify his technical bravura" (p.
Halfyard traces the Orphic elements of four pivotal episodes in particular: "Prophecy Girl" (1.
For the same reason the Lithica survived in obscurity for eight centuries until the time of the 12th-century Byzantine poet and grammarian John Tzetzes, who wrongly attributed it to the authorship of Orpheus on the grounds that it followed Orphic poems bound in the same volume.
Antonella Lipscomb's "Jean Cocteau: the Tracian Poet of the 20th-century" ["Jean Cocteau o el Poeta de Tracia del siglo XX"] tackles the interpretation of Cocteau's famous series of movies known as the Orphic Trilogy, by using the synthesis of the Poet's Myth as a result of combining The Phoenix and Orpheus.
Jean Cocteau used the myth three times; Alfred Hitchcock made an Orphic thriller with Vertigo.