Definitions

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

  • adj. Greek Mythology Of or relating to Dionysus.
  • adj. Of or relating to the Dionysia.
  • adj. Ecstatic or wild; Dionysian.

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  • adj. Of, or relating to Dionysus or to the Dionysia.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to Dionysus or to the Dionysia; Bacchic.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In Greek myth, of or pertaining to the festivals called Dionysia, in honor of Dionysus or Bacchus, the god of wine; Bacchic.

Etymologies

Latin Dionȳsiacus, from Greek Dionūsiakos, from Dionūsios; see Dionysian.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

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  • These benighted souls have no idea how cadaverous and ghostly their ‘sanity’ appears as the intense throng of Dionysiac revelers sweeps past them p.

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  • There should be more bands who sound like Silkworm and less who sound like they think they have something original to contribute to the field of Rocking Dionysiac Abandon.

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  • The Dionysiac impulse remained a potent force in Twombly's work even as he was approaching 80.

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  • Nietzsche's "Birth of Tragedy" argued that the Greeks 'reputed Apollonian harmony was achieved only by suppressing Dionysiac impulses, while Burckhardt maintained that the Italian Renaissance was born from and sustained by "competitive individualism."

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  • He gets us out of our seats to sing, sway and imitate the astonishing pelvic thrusts of the Dionysiac dancers on stage in a number called Originality.

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  • In addition, Thurii had for centuries been a center of Orphic religion, a cult with Dionysiac overtones that offered a natural opening to the Thracian woman and her prophecies.

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  • In 186 B.C. the Roman Senate claimed that Italys widespread Dionysiac groups masked a conspiracy.

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  • I found more hares, and a haunting, bearded, deathly pale Green Man wearing a Dionysiac crown of grapes, gagged and blindfolded by the giant leaves springing from his eyes and mouth, in the church at Spreyton.

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