Ossianic

Ossianic

[os-ee-an-ik, osh-ee-]
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, or characteristic of Ossian, the poetry attributed to him, or the rhythmic prose published by James Macpherson in 1762–63, purporting to be a translation from the Scots gaelic.
2.
grandiloquent; bombastic.

Origin:
1800–10; Ossian + -ic

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Ossian (ˈɒsɪən)
 
n
See also Macpherson a legendary Irish hero and bard of the 3rd century ad
 
Ossi'anic
 
adj

Ossianic (ˌɒsɪˈænɪk)
 
adj
of, relating to, or reminiscent of Ossian, a legendary Irish hero and bard of the 3rd century a.d

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Ossianic
1808, in ref. to Oisin, name of a legendary Gaelic bard, lit. "little fawn;" James Macpherson claimed to have collected and translated his works (1760-63) under the name Ossian, and the poetic prose sparked a Celtic revival and fascination with the glamour of the lost world of the bards. But the work
turned out to be Macpherson's forgery, and the style later was regarded as bombastic.
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