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[awr-fik] /ˈɔr fɪk/

of or relating to .
resembling the music attributed to ; entrancing.
pertaining to a religious or philosophical school maintaining a form of the cult of Dionysus, or Bacchus, ascribed to as founder:
Orphic mysteries.
(often lowercase) mystic; oracular.
of or relating to Orpheus or Orphism
(sometimes not capital) mystical or occult

1670s, from Greek orphikos “pertaining to Orpheus,” master musician of Thrace, son of Eagrus and Calliope, husband of Eurydice, whose name (of unknown origin) was associated with mystic doctrines. Related: Orphism.


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