bacchic

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj bacchic 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
    • a Bacchic Of or relating to Bacchus; hence, jovial, or riotous, with intoxication; riotously drunken; -- used of revelrous gatherings.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • Bacchic Relating to or in honor of Bacchus; connected with bacchanalian rites or revelries.
    • Bacchic Jovial; drunken; mad with intoxication: as, a Bacchic reveler.
    • Bacchic [lowercase] Same as bacchiac.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Bacchic (bakā€²kik) relating to Bacchus: jovial: drunken
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. Bacchicus, Gr. Bakchiko`s
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. Bacchanalis, Bacchus, Gr. Bacchos, the god of wine.

Usage

In literature:

A political Aristophanes, taking advantage of his lyrical Bacchic licence, was found too much for political Athens.
"An Essay on Comedy And the Uses of the Comic Spirit" by George Meredith
The Bacchic procession dropped its members here and there along the road and we got to our own cottage tired, sunburnt and hungry.
"Confessions of Boyhood" by John Albee
Bacchic cry, 164 note.
"The Witch-cult in Western Europe" by Margaret Alice Murray
Then besiegers and besieged together burned the fortress, and the day ended with bacchic libations and with dances.
"The Counts of Gruyère" by Mrs. Reginald de Koven
But the idea of Ed Symes involved in a Bacchic orgy was just a little too much for the normal mind, or the normal stomach.
"Pagan Passions" by Gordon Randall Garrett
The story of the introduction of Bacchic rites in 186 B.C.
"The Religious Experience of the Roman People" by W. Warde Fowler
The bacchic revelry bursts forth in glow And frenzy!
"Life Immovable" by Kostes Palamas
All the effects of gluttony and Bacchic excess were caricatured in the figure of Silenus.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
His face was as yet scarcely marked by the slight Bacchic blotches which told of carouses with Dundas at Wimbledon.
"William Pitt and the Great War" by John Holland Rose
They joined in bands of youths and maidens and whirled down the Avenue in Bacchic madness.
"The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol" by William J. Locke
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In poetry:

Sapphire-breasted Bacchic priest
Stood the sky above the lands;
Sun and Moon at East and West,
Brazen cymbals in his hands.
"The Helot" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
Nostrils widen'd to the air,
As above the wine brimm'd bowl:
Men and women everywhere
Breath'd the fierce, sweet Bacchic soul.
"The Helot" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
"Drink, dull slave," the Spartan cried:
Meek the Helot touch'd the brim;
Scented all the purple tide:
Drew the Bacchic soul to him.
"The Helot" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
Rose the pale shaft redly flush'd,
Red with Bacchic light and blood;
On its stone the Helot rush'd--
Stone the tyrant Spartan stood.
"The Helot" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
Fierce the dry lips of the earth
Quaff'd the subtle Bacchic soul:
Felt its rage and felt its mirth,
Wreath'd as for the banquet bowl.
"The Helot" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
"Thou, my Hermos, turn thy eyes,
"(God-touch'd still their frank, bold blue)
"On the Helot--mark the rise
"Of the Bacchic riot through
"The Helot" by Isabella Valancy Crawford