Definition of Pythian in English:



  • Relating to or characteristic of Pythia, the priestess of Apollo at Delphi in ancient Greece.

    ‘she begins to lose faith in the Pythian prophecy’
    • ‘The most revered shrine of the Ancient World was the temple of Phoebus Apollo at Delphi, where the oracle was uttered by the Pythian Priestess.’
    • ‘The tripod is the symbol of Pythian Apollo whose cult lay at the root of the tenets of Pythagorean philosophical beliefs.’
    • ‘Socrates, that wisest of men, if we may accept the judgement of the Pythian oracle, not only approved of dancing, but made a careful study of it.’



/ˈpiTHēən/ /ˈpɪθiən/