Definitions

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  • adj. Bacchanalian

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Bacchanalian.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or resembling a bacchant or bacchanal; bacchanalian; riotous; jovial.

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

  • adj. of or relating to or resembling a bacchanalian reveler

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Examples

  • The forces compensating this calamitous development personified themselves partly in the later Schelling, partly in Schopenhauer and Carus, while on the other hand that unbridled bacchantic

    Romanticism, Alchemy, and Psychology

  • Following an extended barrage of arrack-scented kisses, during which each of her sumptuous bulges had been lovingly measured and stroked; during which his lingam had been symbolically peeled and repeeled as if it were the principal effigy of a bacchantic banana cult, she had presented herself for lubrication.

    Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates

  • But, beginning with the story of the barbarian invasions in the third volume, Professor Jones's interpretation took on a fury that was almost bacchantic.

    The Patient Observer And His Friends

  • The Venus and bacchantic music will be heard again in the second and third acts; but the rest consists of numbers almost as completely detached as those that make up the Dutchman, though the joinings are not only more skilful, but are real music and not mere padding.

    Wagner

  • The Venus and bacchantic music will be heard again in the second and third acts; but the rest consists of numbers almost as completely detached as those that make up the _Dutchman_, though the joinings are not only more skilful, but are real music and not mere padding.

    Wagner

  • I arrived late and only saw the end of the processions; far more carriages, wilder shouting, more madness, -- bacchantic, stormy, -- than last time.

    Recollections of My Childhood and Youth

  • But he also is drawn into the vortex, tears off his clothes and dances before Samuel and David, the only self-possessed spectators of the bacchantic company, till he falls down; and he lies naked as he is a whole day and a whole night upon the ground -- whence the proverb, "Is Saul also among the prophets?"

    Prolegomena

  • I hardly know what of bacchantic joyousness I had not attributed to them on their holidays: a people living in a mild climate under such a lovely sky, with wine cheap and abundant, might not unreasonably have been expected to put on a show of the greatest jollity when enjoying themselves.

    Venetian Life

  • You can only exorcise and curse me, or slay yourselves in bacchantic madness before my altar.

    Venus in Furs

  • But she adores him; she loves him with that mad, bacchantic ardor which the Roman empress Julia felt for the gladiators, whose magnificent proportions she admired at the circus.

    Berlin and Sans-Souci; or Frederick the Great and his friends

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