Orphically, adv.
/awr"fik/, adj.
1. of or pertaining to Orpheus.
2. resembling the music attributed to Orpheus; entrancing.
3. pertaining to a religious or philosophical school maintaining a form of the cult of Dionysus, or Bacchus, ascribed to Orpheus as founder: Orphic mysteries.
4. (often l.c.) mystic; oracular.
[1670-80; < Gk Orphikós (c. L Orphicus), equiv. to Orph(eús) ORPHEUS + -ikos -IC]

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