bacchanalian

Definitions

  • Bacchanalian Group, from a very old Vase
    Bacchanalian Group, from a very old Vase
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj bacchanalian used of riotously drunken merrymaking "a night of bacchanalian revelry","carousing bands of drunken soldiers","orgiastic festivity"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Bacchanalian A bacchanal; a drunken reveler.
    • a Bacchanalian Of or pertaining to the festival of Bacchus; relating to or given to reveling and drunkenness. "Even bacchanalian madness has its charms."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bacchanalian Same as bacchanal.
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Usage

In literature:

But my social recollections of Baltimore are by no means exclusively bacchanalian.
"Border and Bastille" by George A. Lawrence
But for this bacchanalian melody, the noise of Rick's entrance might have given notice of his approach.
"The Young Mountaineers" by Charles Egbert Craddock
It was a Bacchanalian song, something about a Sparkling Bowl.
"The Cricket on the Hearth" by Charles Dickens
It is not surprising, therefore, that Bacchanalian illustrations have been found among the decorations in the early Christian Churches.
"Christmas: Its Origin and Associations" by William Francis Dawson
Larsagny owned the house in Courbevoie, and had often presided at its bacchanalian revels.
"The Son of Monte-Cristo, Volume II (of 2)" by Alexandre Dumas père
The spirit of this bacchanalian revelry of Europe found entrance into our demurely well-behaved social world, woke us up, and made us lively.
"My Reminiscences" by Rabindranath Tagore
We know what the Bacchanalian rites became at Rome; and had they been introduced north of the Alps, what form would they have there assumed?
"Mysticism and its Results" by John Delafield
The same bacchanalian orgies follow the next full purse.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 106, August, 1866" by Various
By the bridge, the blithe, well-bitten Bacchanalians offer to fight one another, and then decide to kiss.
"Nights in London" by Thomas Burke
She watches this bacchanalian whirligig with a sneer upon her thin, red lips.
"A Bride of the Plains" by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
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In poetry:

A Bacchanalian lord dwelt there,
Unworthy of his name;
He plung'd a father in despair,
And robb'd a maiden's fame.
"The Lass Of Fair Wone" by Charlotte Dacre
But fearful are my Mystae when,
To Bacchanalian hymn,
They wrench the brute from the souls of men
And tear it limb from limb:
"Bacchus [Excerpt]" by Bernard O Dowd

In news:

How to Stage a Bacchanalian Orgy.
Wine tasting is a pastime in its own right, but now it seems this bacchanalian pursuit is developing a pastime of its own.
Three royal weddings, scores of fancy balls, swishing gowns, tottering towers of flowers, bacchanalian buffets and cascades of Champagne.
GO BAAL Peter Mellencamp's adaptation of Bertolt Brecht's early, poetical drama is about the cruelty and demise of a bacchanalian poet who recognizes, curses and is cursed by civilization's thin veneer.
Umbria is the most bacchanalian of jazz festivals.
The trailer for Cedar Rapids is edited to make it look like another version of The Hangover, which makes sense because Ed Helms stars in both movies and they're both comedies about bacchanalian hijinks at a hotel.
How to Stage a Bacchanalian Orgy .
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