Delphic oracle

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Delphic oracle (Greek mythology) the oracle at Delphi where a priestess supposedly delivered messages from Apollo to those who sought advice; the messages were usually obscure or ambiguous
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Usage

In literature:

His father, Laios, had been warned by the Delphic oracle that he was in danger of death from his own son.
"Myths and Myth-Makers" by John Fiske
On his death the Delphic Oracle, in very second-rate hexameters, declared that Plotinus had become a demon.
"Letters on Literature" by Andrew Lang
The telegraph, the newspapers, chronicled his every movement; whatever he said was construed like a Delphic oracle.
"A Little Journey in the World" by Charles Dudley Warner
As for the prescription, that was a Delphic Oracle.
"Christie Johnstone" by Charles Reade
Then, amid the general excitement, Themistocles reiterated his version of the Delphic oracle.
"Athens: Its Rise and Fall, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
To these poor people, the town clerk was what the Delphic oracle was to the ancient Greeks.
"The Reign of Greed" by Jose Rizal
When it was proposed to consult the Delphic oracle on the matter, the head prophesied to the crowd from where it lay on the ground.
"Greek and Roman Ghost Stories" by Lacy Collison-Morley
Delphic cave: The oracle at Delphi was the most famous and authoritative among the Greeks.
"The Vision of Sir Launfal" by James Russell Lowell
Hellas was held together by no system, but by the Delphic oracle and the Olympian games.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Vol III." by John Symonds
Hellas was held together by no system, but by the Delphic oracle and the Olympian games.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds
As you may imagine, our first walk was to the shrine of the Delphic oracle, at the bottom of the cleft between the two peaks.
"Seeing Europe with Famous Authors, Vol VIII" by Various
Never was Delphic oracle better served by nature.
"The Stowaway Girl" by Louis Tracy
Its situation, said to have been fixed by the Delphic oracle, was remarkable for beauty and security.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4" by Various
Some people believe that the gods make their will known to man through the Delphic Oracle.
"The Hot Swamp" by R.M. Ballantyne
Such is the ancient tale of the founding of the Delphic oracle, in which gods, and beasts, and men are mixed in archaic fashion.
"Myth, Ritual And Religion, Vol. 2 (of 2)" by Andrew Lang
They were revived by Iphitus, king of Elis, who obtained for them the solemn sanction of the Delphic oracle.
"The Student's Mythology" by Catherine Ann White
The Delphic oracle, under the influence of Cleomenes' bribes, pronounced in favour of Leotychides, who became king (491 B.C.).
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 10" by Various
On the coast of Africa lay Cyrene, founded at the suggestion of the Delphic oracle in 631, by the island of Thera.
"A Manual of Ancient History" by A. H. L. (Arnold Hermann Ludwig) Heeren
When the war is over I shall become a Delphic oracle.
"Dodo Wonders" by E. F. Benson
She would not listen to his Delphic oracle utterances upon style and art and life.
"The Second Fiddle" by Phyllis Bottome
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