Definitions

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

  • adj. Greek & Roman Mythology Of or relating to Bacchus.
  • adj. Drunken and carousing; bacchanalian.

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  • adj. Alternative spelling of bacchic.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or relating to Bacchus; hence, jovial, or riotous, with intoxication; riotously drunken; -- used of revelrous gatherings.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Relating to or in honor of Bacchus; connected with bacchanalian rites or revelries.
  • Jovial; drunken; mad with intoxication: as, a Bacchic reveler.
  • [lowercase] Same as bacchiac.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. used of riotously drunken merrymaking

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Examples

  • I never understood how it was that he respected me, for he was quite drunk, and in a kind of Bacchic fury.

    The Complete Memoirs of Jacques Casanova

  • It is certainly difficult to play, not only for the pianist and orchestra – who must continually wrestle with dense, muddy scoring – but also the piano itself, which barely survived the final cadenza, the muscular Denis Matsuev's assault on the instrument egged on by Bacchic interjections from woodwind and brass.

    Matsuev/LSO/Gergiev

  • To be sure, Pentheus hubristic decrees forbidding the Bacchic rites to take place in his city are transgressions of the natural order, rupturae on a higher level.

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  • It is a product of classical studies of the ancient Phrygian terrorist cult of Satan-Dionysos, the model for the Roman Bacchic cults of similar characteristics.

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  • The “rock rythm” itself is copied from the old Dionysian-Bacchic cults.

    Lyndon LaRouche on Satanism by Grand Magister Blackwood | Disinformation

  • Any dolt can see the connection between the mother-smothered Amis and the later unstoppable tit-man who was also a slave to Bacchic overindulgence.

    One Fraught Englishman

  • On the use of Dionysus as a political symbol in the Hellenistic world, see Walter Burkert, Bacchic Teletai in the Hellenistic Age, in Thomas H. Carpenter and Christopher A. Faraone, eds., Masks of Dionysus Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1993, pp. 25975, esp. pp.

    The Spartacus War

  • No doubt the Government will have engraved on the front of the legislative hall, for the instruction of the legislator and the edification of the people, this Latin verse, which a priest of Boulogne had written over the door to his cellar, as a warning to his Bacchic zeal:

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  • Ah! ye goddesses terrific, swiftly careering on outspread pinions, whose lot it is 'mid tears and groans to hold revel not with Bacchic rites; ye avenging spirits swarthy-hued, that dart along the spacious firmament, exacting a penalty for blood, a penalty for murder, to you I make my suppliant prayer: suffer the son of Agamemnon to forget his wild whirling frenzy!

    Orestes

  • Delighted with this liquor of the Bacchic god, he fain would go a-reveling with his brethren.

    The Cyclops

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