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

  • n. Greek & Roman Mythology The god of wine and of an orgiastic religion celebrating the power and fertility of nature. Also called Bacchus.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. The god of wine, specifically its intoxication and social influence, but also the patron of agriculture and the theater. Also related to the mystery of religion, as in "spiritual intoxication".

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Greek myth, the youthful and beautiful god of wine and the drama. Also called Bacchus. See Bacchus.

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

  • n. (Greek mythology) god of wine and fertility and drama; the Greek name of Bacchus

Etymologies

Latin Dionȳsus, from Greek Dionūsos.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Via Latin Dionysus, from Ancient Greek Διόνυσος (Dionusos). (Wiktionary)

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