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Delphic

[DEL-fik]

Part of speech: adjective

Origin: Greek, late 14th century

1.

(Typically of a pronouncement) deliberately obscure or ambiguous.

Examples of Delphic in a sentence

"The commentators’ election predictions were Delphic and hard to follow."

"The man sitting at the bar had a mysterious, Delphic air about him."

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About Delphic

The word “Delphic” descends from the ancient Greek oracle at Delphi.

Did you Know?

Pythia was the high priestess and oracle at the Temple of Apollo in Delphi, Greece. She was widely praised for her prophecies, both on affairs of government and of the heart. Between the 6th century BCE and the 4th century CE, Pythia was the most authoritative oracle in the country and, long after her time, one of the most powerful women in the world.

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