(also Delphian /-fēən/)
Definition of Delphic in English:
1Of or relating to the ancient Greek oracle at Delphi.
- Suggests that intoxicating nectar may have inspired the mantic states of maenads and the Delphic oracle in ancient Greece.
- It is said of Sybil, the Delphic divinatory oracle of ancient Greece, that she asked for immortality but forgot to ask for youth.
- He thereupon bribed the Delphic oracle to declare Demaratus illegitimate and had him deposed, but the intrigue came to light and he fled Sparta, possibly to stir up revolt among the Arcadians.
1.1(Typically of a pronouncement) deliberately obscure or ambiguous.
- At least in recent years, statesmen have been reluctant to define national interests with anything other than Delphic ambiguity.
- Such Delphic obscurity was not inspired by mere perverseness.
- There was a deliberate point to those Delphic utterances.
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