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Delphic oracle   /dˈɛlfɪk ˈɔrəkəl/   Listen
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.  Synonyms: Oracle of Apollo, oracle of Delphi, Temple of Apollo.

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"Delphic oracle" Quotes from Famous Books

... with a sigh, "I give it up. I never will make a statesman. I listen to your words as to a Delphic oracle, and do not pretend to understand their ambiguous meaning. I understand, however, do I not, that we are the allies of the Sultan? Now we thereby do him a great favor—what does ...
— Joseph II. and His Court • L. Muhlbach

... work?" asked Bobby, scanning his finely chiseled profile as eagerly as if she were consulting the Delphic oracle. ...
— The Honorable Percival • Alice Hegan Rice

... men through all the ages have sought fools and charlatans to tell their fortunes, when a little wine is clearer than the most mystic ball of crystal. Before the bottle the priests of Egypt and the Delphic oracle seem as faint, my son, as the echoes in a snail shell. Palmistry and astrology—let us fling them into the whirlpool of vanity! But give a man wine enough, and any observer can tell his possibilities. A touch of it—and ...
— The Unspeakable Gentleman • John P. Marquand

Words linked to "Delphic oracle" :   Temple of Apollo, Delphi, Greek mythology, Oracle of Apollo, oracle

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