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Thursday, July 08, 2010

sibylline

\SIB-uh-leen\ , adjective;
1.
Prophetic; oracular.
2.
Of, resembling, or characteristic of a sibyl; prophetic; oracular.
3.
Mysterious; cryptic.
Quotes:
OPN, an American actually called Daniel Lopatin, has been around since 2006 and already amassed a ton of loop-based otherworldly music pieces released under an array of suitably sibylline monikers.
-- Thomas Corlin, "Interview: Oneohtrix Point Never", Spoonfed.co.uk
The response, by the bye, was of the true sibylline stamp,—nonsensical in its first aspect, yet on closer study unfolding a variety of interpretations, one of which has certainly accorded with the event.
-- Nathanial Hawthorne, The Blithedale Romance
Origin:
Sibylline derives from the Greek Sibylla, any of several prophetesses consulted by ancient Greeks and Romans, of uncertain origin.
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