Corybant

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Corybant One of the priests of Cybele in Phrygia. The rites of the Corybants were accompanied by wild music, dancing, etc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Corybant One of the mysterious spirits or secondary Asian divinities, akin to the Dactyli and the Telchines; or, without clear distinction from the former, a priest of the goddess Cybele, who conducted her mysteries with wild music and dancing; hence, a frantic devotee; a wild, reckless reveler. See Cybele. Sometimes written korybant.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Corybant kor′i-bant a priest of Cybele, whose rites were accompanied with noisy music and wild dances
    • Corybant Eng. pl. Cor′ybants; L. pl. Corybantes (kor-i-ban′tēz)
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. Corybas, Gr. Kory`bas

Usage

In literature:

Treat me as a Corybant, a fanatic: and do you go forward on this road of yours.
"Marius the Epicurean, Volume Two" by Walter Horatio Pater
My heart leaps like an inspired Corybant.
"The Whence and the Whither of Man" by John Mason Tyler
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