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epinician Line breaks: epi|ni¦cian
Pronunciation: /ˌɛpɪˈnɪsɪən/

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Definition of epinician in English:


Denoting an ancient Greek lyric poem celebrating a victory.
Example sentences
  • But these poems range much wider: 6 (the statue of Zeus at Olympia) reads as an epodic epigram, 8 as an iambic epinician; 7-11 record various aitia; 12 celebrates a birth.
  • Praise of the victor, his family and his homeland is an integral element of the epinician ode.


Early 17th century: from Greek epinikion, neuter (used as a noun) of epinikios 'relating to victory', + -an.

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