• WordNet 3.6
    • adj Dionysian of or relating to or worshipping Dionysus
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Dionysian Relating to Dionysius, a monk of the 6th century; as, the Dionysian, or Christian, era.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • Dionysian Same as Dionysiac.
    • Dionysian Pertaining to or characteristic of Dionysius the Elder or Dionysius the Younger, tyrants of Syracuse (about 405-343 B.C.), both notorious for cruelty, but especially the former.
    • Dionysian Pertaining to the abbot Dionysius Exiguus, who, in the sixth century, introduced the present vulgar reckoning of the years.
    • n Dionysian Of or pertaining to Dionysius the Areopagite, mentioned in Acts xvii. 34, who is said to have been made bishop of Athens in the year 50 by the Apostle Paul; or.
    • n Dionysian a pseudo-Dionysius who, about 360-450 a. d., wrote several ecclesiastical works attributed by some to the Areopagite.
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In literature:

The evening was so very young that they felt ridiculous with surplus energy, and burst into the cafe like Dionysian revellers.
"This Side of Paradise" by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The first morality is active, creative, Dionysian.
"Thus Spake Zarathustra A Book for All and None" by Friedrich Nietzsche
It is only careful faddists and feeble German philosophers who want to wear no clothes; and be "natural" in their Dionysian revels.
"A Miscellany of Men" by G. K. Chesterton
This event took place in 353, about three years after the expulsion of the Dionysian dynasty.
"A Smaller History of Greece" by William Smith
Here he was informed that the grammateus of the Dionysian artists had already called twice to speak to him concerning an important matter.
"Arachne, Complete" by Georg Ebers
For him the Dionysian Theatre does not echo to tourists' shouts, but gives forth the sounds of many-voiced Greek life.
"Journeys to Bagdad" by Charles S. Brooks
Book of Mormon chronology therefore sustains in general the correctness of the common or Dionysian system.
"Jesus the Christ" by James Edward Talmage
There, other Dionysian Myrmidons were patrolling, making sure that no non-Dionysian got in except by special invitation.
"Pagan Passions" by Gordon Randall Garrett
Goethe did not often abandon himself in Dionysian fury to the ultimate Elements.
"Visions and Revisions" by John Cowper Powys
The innocence of youth should be protected from a morality which is far more morbid than the maddest Dionysian revel.
"Suspended Judgments" by John Cowper Powys
Dancing, the dissonant corybantes of the Dionysian evangel flitted by, scarce touching earth in their efforts to outvie the Bacchantes.
"Melomaniacs" by James Huneker
There is a Dionysian strain in his music that too often is in jarring discord with the intellectual structure of his work.
"Ivory Apes and Peacocks" by James Huneker
Nietzsche divided art into Apollonian and Dionysian.
"The Literature of Ecstasy" by Albert Mordell
Bacchus and to Priapos, whose mysteries were celebrated in the Dionysian feasts.
"Zoological Mythology, Volume I (of 2)" by Angelo de Gubernatis
At the outset Cubism was a Dionysian reaction against the flowing and soft decoration of the schools of Bouguereau and the Impressionists.
"Modern Painting, Its Tendency and Meaning" by Willard Huntington Wright

In news:

Visitors to Italy tend to seek its sunny, Dionysian side.