Definitions

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  • adj. Of or pertaining to, or characteristic of, Ossian, a legendary Erse or Celtic bard.

Etymologies

Ossian +‎ -ic (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • There is a sort of phraseology, nay, an identity of occasional phrases, from the antique -- but that these so-called Ossianic poems were ever discovered and translated as they stand in their present form, I believe in no wise.

    The Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1 of 2)

  • "Ossianic" literature, as we all are, for example, with the story of

    Irish Books and Irish People

  • Scott's consideration for, 106; on "Ossianic" character, 122, 158;

    The Journal of Sir Walter Scott From the Original Manuscript at Abbotsford

  • There is a sort of phraseology, nay, an identity of occasional phrases, from the antique ” but that these so-called Ossianic poems were ever discovered and translated as they stand in their present form, I believe in no wise.

    The Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning

  • These texts illustrate the depth of interest in relics, ruins, and antiquities that prevailed among late eighteenth - and early ninteenth-century British culture, fed as it were by the parallel developments of Ossianic nation-making and imperial travel narratives.

    The Ruins of Empire: Nationalism, Art, and Empire in Hemans's Modern Greece

  • *The Ossianic question, namely, whether MacPherson had forged the poem, was one of the major literary disputes and scandals of the eighteenth century, with most of the period's literary intellectuals in Britain lining up on one side of the question or another, e.g., Hugh Blair argued that it was genuine, David Hume and Samuel Johnson that it was not.

    The Berry and the Bath

  • His victories are celebrated in countless meles or unwritten songs, which are said to be marked by real poetic feeling and simplicity, and to resemble the Ossianic poems in majesty and melancholy.

    The Hawaiian Archipelago

  • The great Shárr, looming unusually large and tall in the Scandinavian mountain-scene, grey of shadow and glancing with sun-gleams that rent the thick veils of mist-cloud, assumed a manner of Ossianic grandeur.

    The Land of Midian

  • It was a gift she had, of looking like an Ossianic goddess, a certain feminine strength and softness glowing in the very material of her dress.

    The Plumed Serpent

  • After editing a nicely produced, 1,835-page variorum edition of all the poetry except the plays, he must have begun his critical book the least inclined of Tennyson's modern critics to attribute the poet's successes to chance or mere Ossianic inspiration.

    The Magician

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