Or·​phism ˈȯr-ˌfi-zəm How to pronounce Orphism (audio)
: a mystic Greek religion offering initiates purification of the soul from innate evil and release from the cycle of reincarnation

Examples of Orphism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His exhortation bore fruit in subsequent work that included the Orphism of the French painter Robert Delaunay, for one, who was shown with him in the vastly influential 1913 Armory Show, in New York. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, 8 Nov. 2021

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Word History


Orpheus, its reputed founder

First Known Use

1880, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Orphism was in 1880

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“Orphism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Orphism. Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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