American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Greek & Roman Mythology Of or relating to Bacchus.
- adj. Drunken and carousing; bacchanalian.
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.
- adj. alternative spelling of bacchic.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Of or relating to Bacchus; hence, jovial, or riotous, with intoxication; riotously drunken; -- used of revelrous gatherings.
- adj. used of riotously drunken merrymaking
“I never understood how it was that he respected me, for he was quite drunk, and in a kind of Bacchic fury.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“The “rock rythm” itself is copied from the old Dionysian-Bacchic cults.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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:”
“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!”
“Delighted with this liquor of the Bacchic god, he fain would go a-reveling with his brethren.”
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