• WordNet 3.6
    • n Bacchus (classical mythology) god of wine; equivalent of Dionysus
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Bacchus (Myth) The god of wine, son of Jupiter and Semele.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Bacchus In classical mythology, a name of Dionysus, the son of Zeus (Jupiter) and Semele, and the god of wine, personifying both its good and its bad qualities. It was the current name of this god among the Romans. The orgiastic worship of Bacchus was especially characteristic of Bœotia, where his festivals were celebrated on the slopes of Mount Cithæron, and extended to those of the neighboring Parnassus. In Attica the rural and somewhat savage cult of Bacchus underwent a metamorphosis, and reached its highest expression in the choragic literary contests in which originated both tragedy and comedy, and for which were written most of the masterpieces of Greek literature. Bacchus was held to have taught the cultivation of the grape and the preparation of wine. In early art, and less commonly after the age of Phidias, Bacchus is represented as a bearded man of full age, usually completely draped. After the time of Praxiteles he appears almost universally, except in archaistic examples, in the type of a beardless youth, of graceful and rounded form, often entirely undraped or very lightly draped. Among his usual attributes are the vine, the ivy, the thyrsus, the wine-cup, and the panther. See Dionysia, mœnad, and thiasus.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., fr. Gr. Ba`kchos


In literature:

In former days, at the Academy, they used to say he had the head of Bacchus on the torso of Hercules.
"The Gods are Athirst" by Anatole France
And your price for the Bacchus and Ariadne?
"Romola" by George Eliot
It would be a new progress of Bacchus.
"One Man's Initiation--1917" by John Dos Passos
Or in the Ducal Palace we may take our station, hour by hour, before the Marriage of Bacchus and Ariadne.
"New Italian sketches" by John Addington Symonds
Bacchus, 64, 65, 121, 123, 126.
"Letters from Port Royal" by Various
The scheme was surely due to the influence of Bacchus rather than of Mars.
"William Pitt and the Great War" by John Holland Rose
Let the reader hear this double sex of Bacchus in mind; he will find it recurring again in the myth of Ivy.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 3, No. 1 January 1863" by Various
Bacchus goes before her on a very low car slowly drawn along by lynxes.
"The Temptation of St. Antony" by Gustave Flaubert
Titian uses it for the sake of its activity, as in the Bacchus and Ariadne and how subdued is that blue!
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 54, No. 334, August 1843" by Various
The temple of Fortuna is for a time deserted, her worshippers transferring their devotion to the shrine of Bacchus.
"The Flag of Distress" by Mayne Reid
A cap and bells on the head of wild Bacchus!
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 57, No. 356, June, 1845" by Various
Bacchus, on a certain occasion, found his old schoolmaster and foster-father, Silenus, missing.
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
Another (III, xix) is a grace to Bacchus after a wine-bout.
"Horace" by William Tuckwell
For Bacchus is the kindest of the gods after all.
"A Collection of Stories, Reviews and Essays" by Willa Cather
The ruling gods at Rome were Mars, Bacchus, and Venus, and the statues of these deities were much valued.
"A History of Art for Beginners and Students" by Clara Erskine Clement
Flora and Bacchus in their fountains seemed less real than ever before, more sombre under the pale, trickling light through the trees.
"Royal Palaces and Parks of France" by Milburg Francisco Mansfield
It would not have been out of place to call the Rhine the country of Bacchus.
"The Automobilist Abroad" by M. F. (Milburg Francisco) Mansfield
Bacchus wooes her, and, to immortalize her name, he transforms the crown which he has given her into a Constellation.
"The Metamorphoses of Ovid" by Publius Ovidius Naso
Den Bacchus hadder work de screw dat press de bale togedder.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
Bacchus was a mere sensualist and drunkard, and therefore he was enrolled among the gods.
"The Essays of "George Eliot" Complete" by George Eliot

In poetry:

I am the surging Energy
No wintry Law can tame:
Nay, the god that overpowers me
Is Bacchus save in name.
"Bacchus [Excerpt]" by Bernard O Dowd
Wild I am now with heat;
O Bacchus! cool thy rays!
Or frantic, I shall eat
Thy thyrse, and bite the bays.
"To Live Merrily, And To Trust To Good Verses" by Robert Herrick
And, flagrant in well-doing, smite
The priests of Bacchus at their fane,
Lest any worshipper invite
The God again.
"The Portent" by Rudyard Kipling
No desecrated home shall be,
No vice-predestined birth,
No stews of maudlin gluttony,
When Bacchus rules the earth.
"Bacchus [Excerpt]" by Bernard O Dowd
All that in Love ye cannot buy,
In genius baffling prayer,
In Art beyond the measuring eye,
Is immanent Bacchus there.
"Bacchus [Excerpt]" by Bernard O Dowd
And Bacchus cast your mates and you
Wild grapes to glean;
Your flower-like lips were dashed with dew
From his, Faustine.
"Faustine" by Algernon Charles Swinburne

In news:

Massive crowds turn out to see Brees as Bacchus.
Enlarge Matthew Hinton, The Times-Picayune MATTHEW HINTON / THE TIMES-PICAYUNE Will Ferrell reigns as Bacchus XLIV for the Krewe of Bacchus parade on Napoleon Ave in New Orleans, Louisiana, Sunday, February 19, 2012.
Philipp Hertel, Fahiem Bacchus, Toniann Pitassi, Allen Van Gelder.
Extracts from opera "La Morte d'Orfeo", Bacchus and Fury.
A US Senator says researchers at San Diego State University are wasting your money by experimenting with a robotic squirrel NBC 7's Danya Bacchus reports.
Bacchus is like finding treasure below sea level.
Will Ferrell rocked a red robe, crown and plenty of bling as he served as King of Bacchus last weekend in New Orleans.
22-year-old Jonathan Nathaniel Bacchus faces six drug related charges.
Detectives say they purchased marijuana from Bacchus on two occasions.
The Wine Country, The Wine Crush, Barsha Wine and Spirits, Lido di Manhattan, Bacchus Wine Made Simple, St Francis Episcopal Church, Hostaria Piave, Rock & Brews, Fleming 's.
Jason Mc Klevey, 31, is accused of sexually assaulting a foreign exchange student he met through a website designed to help students learn English NBC 7's Danya Bacchus reports.
When people are engaging in affairs, it's what they feel when they re in that affair according to San Diego marriage and family therapist Sarah Cook Ruggera NBC 7's Danya Bacchus reports.
The Downtown Bozeman Association, MSU Alumni Association, MSU Athletics, The Cannery & Burger Bob's, Bacchus Pub, Chalet Sports, Ted's Montana Grill, MSU Chamber Relations Committee, Montana State University, The Leaf and Bean and Pepsi Co.
Bacchus and Endymion rolled back-to-back because of rain Saturday night and Kelly Ripa was one of the celebrity guests in Endymion.
Actor and author Bryan Batt sets the scene for a lush Bacchus Sunday supper in his New Orleans dining room.

In science:

Bacchus et al again take the degree of belief of a statement to be the limiting proportion of first order models in which the statement is true.
Evaluating Defaults
Bacchus et al., 1993] Fahiem Bacchus, Adam J.
Evaluating Defaults
Comparably more emphasis has been placed in encoding planning problems as (non-logic programming) constraint satisfaction problems (Lopez and Bacchus 2003).
Multi-valued Action Languages in CLP(FD)
CSP), and our action language supports static causal laws and non-determinism —while the work of Lopez and Bacchus is r estricted to STRIPS-like specifications.
Multi-valued Action Languages in CLP(FD)
Similar considerations can be done with respect to the cited proposal by Lopez and Bacchus (Lopez and Bacchus 2003).
Multi-valued Action Languages in CLP(FD)
The proposal of Lopez and Bacchus does not address the encoding of static causal laws.
Multi-valued Action Languages in CLP(FD)
In the second competition, chaired by Fahiem Bacchus, 17 planners competed.
The 3rd International Planning Competition: Results and Analysis
Fahiem Bacchus (2001) observed the need to quantify the time and effort required to identify and encode useful control knowledge in order to be better able to judge the trade-off between the fully-automated and hand-coded approaches.
The 3rd International Planning Competition: Results and Analysis
The extensions of tlplan that allow it to handle time are described by Bacchus and Ady (2001).
The 3rd International Planning Competition: Results and Analysis