Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n.pl. Greek & Roman Mythology The priestesses and women followers of Bacchus.

Etymologies

Latin, from Greek Bakkhai, pl. of Bakkhē, female worshiper of Bacchus, from Bakkhos, Bacchus.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Ray found it difficult to admit to people that their glorified-jamsessionwithaspirationsofpub-rock was called The Bacchae, while Div refused to utter the name at all.

    A Big Boy Did It and Ran Away

  • 'Bacchae' -- in its original setting, on the Upper East Side, etc. "

    Princeton University Top Stories

  • The National Theater of Scotland — founded in February 2006 with the young director Vicky Featherstone at the helm — opened the Lincoln Center Festival yesterday with its highly anticipated interpretation of Euripides '"Bacchae" at the Rose Theater.

    'Musical Fireworks' Today at Avery Fisher

  • As to a play I love that was written before I was born, I think "Bacchae" by Euripides fills the bill.

    The Gay Banker Interview

  • "Bacchae" was produced everywhere during the 1960s and 70s as American society saw the hippie and anti-war movements persecuted by various state, city and federal forces, including the murder of four students and the permanent crippling of an academic Dean by the National Guard at Kent State University.

    Archive 2006-05-01

  • During the late 60s and into the early 80s, "Bacchae" was everywhere as issues of freedom versus repression--politically, socially and sexually--were being worked out around the world.

    The Gay Banker Interview

  • Mr. Forman was engaged in editing a new edition of the "Bacchae," and was apt to be absent-minded in consequence.

    The Politeness of Princes and Other School Stories

  • Mr. Kenyon tells me that Mr. Burgess [64] has been reading and commending the papers, and has brought me from him a newly discovered scene of the 'Bacchae' of Euripides, edited by Mr. Burgess himself for the 'Gentlemen's Magazine,' and of which he considers that the 'Planctus Mariae,' at least the passage I extracted from it, is an imitation.

    The Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning

  • To suppress for a time the ordinary work-a-day consciousness, with its tedium, its checks, its balancing of pros and cons, to escape into the directness and simplicity of mere animal life, and yet to feel in this no degradation but rather a submission to the divine power, an actual identification with the deity-such, it would seem, was the intention of those extraordinary revels of which we have in the "Bacchae" of

    The Greek View of Life

  • The story ends with the representation of the "Bacchae," in

    Adventures Among Books

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