from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Greek Mythology Of or relating to Dionysus.
- adj. Greek Mythology Of or devoted to the worship of Dionysus.
- adj. Of an ecstatic, orgiastic, or irrational nature; frenzied or undisciplined: "remained the nearest to the instinctual, the irrational in music, and thus to the Dionysian spirit in art” ( Musco Carner).
- adj. In the philosophy of Nietzsche, of or displaying creative-intuitive power as opposed to critical-rational power.
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- adj. Of or pertaining to Dionysius.
- adj. Alternative form of dionysian.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Relating to Dionysius, a monk of the 6th century.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Same as Dionysiac.
- Pertaining to or characteristic of Dionysius the Elder or Dionysius the Younger, tyrants of Syracuse (about 405-343 B.C.), both notorious for cruelty, but especially the former.
- Pertaining to the abbot Dionysius Exiguus, who, in the sixth century, introduced the present vulgar reckoning of the years.
- n. Of or pertaining to Dionysius the Areopagite, mentioned in Acts xvii. 34, who is said to have been made bishop of Athens in the year 50 by the Apostle Paul; or
- n. a pseudo-Dionysius who, about 360-450 a. d., wrote several ecclesiastical works attributed by some to the Areopagite.
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- adj. of or relating to or worshipping Dionysus
From Latin Dionȳsius, from Greek Dionūsios, from Dionūsos, Dionysus.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)