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Delphic oracle, the

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary EnglishDelphic oracle, thethe Delphic oracleDel‧phic or‧a‧cle, the /ˌdelfɪk ˈɒrəkəl $ -ˈɔː- -ˈɑː-/ 🔊 🔊 a temple (=a holy building) in Delphi in ancient Greece where a priestess gave answers from the god Apollo to questions people asked him. The answer was often in the form of a mysterious riddle (=a deliberately confusing question with a clever answer). Someone who is a respected authority on a particular subject is sometimes called a Delphic oracle 🔊 Mrs Thatcher was regarded as the Delphic oracle of modern conservatism.
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