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[del-fik] /ˈdɛl fɪk/
of or relating to Delphi.
of or relating to Apollo, or to his temples or oracles.
(often lowercase) oracular; obscure; ambiguous:
She was known for her Delphic pronouncements.
Origin of Delphic
1590-1600; < Latin Delphicus < Greek Delphikós, equivalent to Delph() Delphi + -ikos -ic
Related forms
delphically, adverb Unabridged
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  • His father, Laios, had been warned by the Delphic oracle that he was in danger of death from his own son.

  • Like all prophecies, it was somewhat Delphic; but he could get the general drift.

    The Blind Spot Austin Hall
  • Don't suppose a Delphic priest, or even a Derby tipster ever wasted time in prophesying to himself!

  • Those Delphic lines: lines so crowded with meaning as to seem the utterances of an oracle.

    Minor Poems by Milton John Milton
  • "It's a commutation ticket to Hades, first-class," was the actress's Delphic response.

    Wanted: A Husband Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • Like the Delphic oracles, her predictions were given in metre, and veiled in mystery.

  • That was veritably a Delphic utterance at that moment, had Hiram only known it.

  • There speaks the oracle for you with true Delphic vagueness.

    The Religio-Medical Masquerade Frederick William Peabody
  • The fact that Apollo held no communion with the Pythian priestess did not remove the oracular sanctity from the Delphic response.

    The Reform of Education Giovanni Gentile
  • "Know thyself," Delphic motto; to be observed by censorious persons.

British Dictionary definitions for Delphic


of or relating to Delphi or its oracle or temple
obscure or ambiguous
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Delphic

1590s, from Latin Delphicus, from Greek Delphikos, from Delphi (see Delphi).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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