from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The ancient Roman festival in honor of Bacchus.
- n. A riotous, boisterous, or drunken festivity; a revel.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A feast or an orgy in honor of Bacchus.
- n. Hence: A drunken feast; drunken revels; an orgy.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n.pl. A feast or an orgy in honor of Bacchus.
- n.pl. Hence: A drunken feast; drunken revels; an orgy.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- [capitalized] In Roman antiquity, a festival in honor of Bacchus. These festivals became the occasion of great excesses, and were forbidden by the senate in 186 b. c. Any festivities characterized by jollity and good-fellowship, particularly if somewhat boisterous, and accompanied by much wine-drinking.
- Drunken orgies; riotous disorders; ruthless and shameless excesses; unbounded license.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a wild gathering involving excessive drinking and promiscuity
- n. an orgiastic festival in ancient Greece in honor of Dionysus (= Bacchus)
His love affair with“Catty, Katsch, mon admirable Kathi” had about it an artificial, almost a literary, quality; even his Bacchanalia was a masquerade.
The compilers of the modern version of the Gospel story must surely have inadvertently copied this text as it read in the ancient versions of that old, old story, which, when observed in remembrance of "Our Lord and Saviour Bacchus," was called the Bacchanalia, or feast, of Bacchus.
He denounced protests as a "Bacchanalia," predicted chaos in the coming days, and said opposition leaders would prove themselves incompetent.
He denounced protests as a "Bacchanalia," predicted chaos in the coming days, and said opposition leaders would prove their incompetency.
Such were the "Bacchanalia", the "Triumph of Flora", the "Childhood of Jupiter", which do little more than repeat the theme of the joy and beauty of living.
This is the explanation of the term "Bacchanalia," in connection with that church ceremony -- _Rev.
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Had he said eight, picture for a moment the Bacchanalia that could have erupted.
And as they repent for their credit-driven Bacchanalia, the foundering U.S. economy is left to pick up the pieces.
The first was Richard Wagner, his Prelude to "Tannhauser" and the Bacchanalia.
Mark hopes this will convey more of the “Party spirit” that is part of his life than the other aspects of Bacchanalia.
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