bacchante

Definitions

  • A Bacchante
    A Bacchante
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n bacchante (classical mythology) a priestess or votary of Bacchus
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Bacchante A female bacchanal.
    • Bacchante A priestess of Bacchus.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bacchante In antiquity, a priestess of Bacchus, or a woman who joined in the celebration of the festivals of Bacchus; a woman inspired with the bacchic frenzy. See mænad.
    • n bacchante A woman addicted to intemperance or riotous revelry; a female bacchanal.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Bacchante (bak-kant′, bak′kant, bak-kant′i) a priestess of Bacchus, the god of wine: a female bacchanal:—pl. Bacchant′es
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. Bacchanalis, Bacchus, Gr. Bacchos, the god of wine.

Usage

In literature:

The yells of the wild Bacchantes drowned every sound, and Adsalis did not even condescend to look at her.
"Halil the Pedlar" by Mór Jókai
He was in this, just as he was in everything else, a remnant of a past age; he had merely been transformed into a Bacchant!
"The Title Market" by Emily Post
I have posed for nearly an hour upon one foot with extended arms in a dance of bacchantes, till I have fainted.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Volume 22. July, 1878." by Various
Sounds like Boston and the Macmonnies Bacchante!
"The Girl with the Green Eyes" by Clyde Fitch
Admiral de Chair commanded the Bacchante, Cochrane and Colossus successively in the years between 1905 and 1912.
"Kelly Miller's History of the World War for Human Rights" by Kelly Miller
Quae tum alacres passim lymphata mente furebant Euhoe bacchantes, euhoe capita inflectentes.
"The Carmina of Caius Valerius Catullus" by Caius Valerius Catullus
Daring beauty, wild, lovely bacchante, with black, beaming eyes, tempt us not with that bright flame to destruction!
"The Continental Monthly , Vol. 2 No. 5, November 1862" by Various
Miss Brannan, in a dashing red cap and jacket, danced like a bacchante on the roof, albeit manipulating large buckets of water.
"The Californians" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
Long had the Bacchantes hated the loyal poet-lover of one fair woman whose dwelling was with the Shades.
"A Book of Myths" by Jean Lang
With her grief, her mortified feelings and her offended pride she resembled a raving Bacchante.
"Tales from the German" by Various
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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
All through the vernal afternoon
My other neighbour's children skate
A wild Bacchantic rigadoon
On rollers; nor does it abate
Till dark; and then his babies cry
What time I fain would versify.
"A Poor Excuse, But Our Own" by Franklin Pierce Adams
You appear as a bacchante who has stolen by deceit
Martyrdom's green wreath of myrtle mingled with a maiden's pleat
Holy was the Virgin's spirit, prayer's very counterpart,
While a long spasmodic frenzy pictures the bacchante's heart.
"Venus and Madonna" by Mihai Eminescu