bacchant

Definitions

  • A Bacchante
    A Bacchante
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n bacchant (classical mythology) a priest or votary of Bacchus
    • n bacchant a drunken reveller; a devotee of Bacchus
    • n bacchant someone who engages in drinking bouts
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Bacchant A bacchanal; a reveler.
    • Bacchant A priest of Bacchus.
    • a Bacchant Bacchanalian; fond of drunken revelry; wine-loving; reveling; carousing.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • bacchant Worshiping Bacchus; reveling.
    • n bacchant A priest, priestess, or votary of Bacchus; a bacchanal.
    • n bacchant One addicted to intemperance or riotous revelry.
    • n bacchant A name given in Germany, in the fourteenth, fifteenth, and sixteenth centuries, to wandering scholars who traveled from one institution of learning to another. These bacchants frequently had younger students under their protection and instruction, who waited upon them, begged for them, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n., adj Bacchant bakā€²kant a priest of Bacchus, the god of wine: a reveller: a drunkard
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. bacchans, -antis, p. pr. of bacchari, to celebrate the festival of Bacchus

Usage

In literature:

Dikde, sar lakis bori kali yakka te kali balia simno tikno Bacchante, sa yoi prasterde adrom.
"The Gypsies" by Charles G. Leland
The big bacchante, from whom Thomas had escaped, was a relative who had promised to befriend him.
"Count Ulrich of Lindburg" by W.H.G. Kingston
She caresses the soul; she is a Bacchante of divine love, a Maenad of purity.
"En Route" by J.-K. (Joris-Karl) Huysmans
Phrygians are seen reposing after a festival, bacchants rush in and the wild orgies begin afresh.
"The Standard Operaglass" by Charles Annesley
I deliver myself to ye, Bacchantes!
"The Temptation of St. Antony" by Gustave Flaubert
Obedient to a gesture of Tiberius, the Bacchante was placed upon a pedestal.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Volume 62, No. 384, October 1847" by Various
Just as Boston, finding its bronze bacchante immodest, rejected the brazen hussey.
"Mother Earth, Vol. 1 No. 1, March 1906" by Various
She laughed at him in her loose Bacchante dress.
"The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde
Beatrice, like a bacchante, had bound her brows with vine leaves one of which Charles now broke off and handed to the competing minstrel.
"Romance of Roman Villas" by Elizabeth W. (Elizbeth Williams) Champney
But the "Bacchante" wanted not our two hundred dollars.
"In Eastern Seas" by J. J. Smith
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In poetry:

But when she smiles she's here again
Rosy with comrade-cheer,
Puritan Bacchante made
To laugh around the year.
"My Lady In Her White Silk Shawl" by Vachel Lindsay
"And I am torn of jealous women's hands,
Because to my dead love I held me true;
Me the Bacchantes, over-drunken, slew;
Now, bodiless, I drift upon thine island sands.
"The Orphic Legacy" by Maurice Thompson
Some fever of the blood and brain,
Some self-exalting spell,
The scourger's keen delight of pain,
The Dervish dance, the Orphic strain,
The wild-haired Bacchant's yell,--
"The Brewing Of Soma" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Under the thyrse upholden,
We have felt the thrilling presence of the god,
And you, Bacchante, shod
With moonfire, and with moonfire all enfolden,
Have danced upon the mystery-haunted sod.
"Bacchante" by Clark Ashton Smith
With every autumn blossom,
And with the brown and verdant leaves of vine,
We have filled your hair divine;
From the cupped hollow of your delicious bosom
We have drunk wine, Bacchante, purple wine.
"Bacchante" by Clark Ashton Smith
Bacchante, with her vine-crowned hair,
Leaps to the cymbal-measured dance
With such a passion in her air--
Upon her brow--upon her lips--
As thrills you to the finger-tips,
And fascinates your glance.
"To Alexander Galt, The Sculptor" by James Barron Hope