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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"
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Despite her critique of its generating ideology, ethnography serves as a key component of Damon's own methodology, derived from cultural studies, as she explains in an essay rather orphically entitled "Kinetic Exultations.
So far, I've been arguing that Frost's poetry performances deploy vocal tone as a way to look Orphically away from, and then back toward, the notion of humanist lyric.
Mackey does see song as Orphically empowering, but while he suggests that music can help us "chant down" quotidian oppressions (and that this "chanting" can express the outrage of the oppressed), he stops short of suggesting that song alone constitutes a discursive method by which social problems can be resolved.