• WordNet 3.6
    • n Dionysia an orgiastic festival in ancient Greece in honor of Dionysus (= Bacchus)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n. pl Dionysia (Class. Antiq) Any of the festivals held in honor of the Olympian god Dionysus. They correspond to the Roman Bacchanalia; the greater Dionysia were held at Athens in March or April, and were celebrated with elaborate performances of both tragedies and comedies.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • Dionysia In classical antiquity, the orgiastic and dramatic festivals celebrated periodically in various parts of Greece, in honor of Dionysus or Bacchus. The most important of these festivals, in the historic period, were those of Attica, which were four in number, celebrated annually: the Rural or Lesser Dionysia, the Lenaia, the Anthesteria, and the Dionysia in the City, or Greater Dionysia. The Lesser Dionysia were a vintage-festival, celebrated through the rural demes in the month of Poseideon (December), with universal merriment and freedom from restraint, extended even to slaves. Plays were performed during this festival, and from its characteristic songs and jests comedy was developed. The Greater Dionysia were observed at Athens in the second half of March, with a grand procession, a set chorus of boys, and the production in competition at the expense of the state, in the Dionysiac theater, in honor of the god, of the comedies and tragedies of which those surviving constitute our most precious treasures of ancient literature. See Bacchus, Lenaia, Anthesteria, choragic, and choragus.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n.pl Dionysia dī-o-niz′i-a dramatic and orgiastic festivals in honour of Dionysus (Bacchus), god of wine
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., fr. Gr.


In literature:

Freed from the war and its ills, I shall keep the Dionysia(2) in the country.
"The Acharnians" by Aristophanes
Did you not tell me that Jacques is in love with that little Dionysia Chandore?
"Within an Inch of His Life" by Emile Gaboriau
The reckless Lesbian who had favoured Hermon at the last Dionysia had played pranks with him madly enough, but then had suddenly vanished.
"Arachne, Complete" by Georg Ebers
Peisistratos left the Dionysia "in the fields," but he added the Great Dionysia "in the city.
"Ancient Art and Ritual" by Jane Ellen Harrison
Dionysia (di-o-nish'-e-ah), 180, 197.
"Myths and Legends of Ancient Greece and Rome" by E.M. Berens
Run thither quickly: for the Captain spends The Dionysia there.
"The Comedies of Terence" by Publius Terentius Afer
We may be sure that Madame Fine was Denise Blanche; for Dionysia Candida can mean nothing else.
"A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume I (of II)" by Augustus De Morgan
At last in his search the king came to the royal palace where the princess Dionysia lived.
"Fairy Tales from Brazil" by Elsie Spicer Eells
These officers celebrate the Dionysia in these two places, and appoint Choregi.
"The Athenian Constitution" by Aristotle
As well as the festivities, there were the various mysteries, such as the Eleusinia, the Dionysia and the Bacchanalia.
"The Sex Worship and Symbolism of Primitive Races" by Sanger Brown, II
Mrs. Dionysia Trevisa had come to remove her nephew and niece from the rectory.
"In the Roar of the Sea" by Sabine Baring-Gould
The festival of the Great Dionysia, at which new plays were produced, was celebrated in March.
"Callias" by Alfred John Church