Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The ancient Roman festival in honor of Bacchus.
  • noun A riotous, boisterous, or drunken festivity; a revel.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • [capitalized] In Roman antiquity, a festival in honor of Bacchus. These festivals became the occasion of great excesses, and were forbidden by the senate in 186 b. c. Any festivities characterized by jollity and good-fellowship, particularly if somewhat boisterous, and accompanied by much wine-drinking.
  • Drunken orgies; riotous disorders; ruthless and shameless excesses; unbounded license.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun plural (Myth.) A feast or an orgy in honor of Bacchus.
  • noun plural Hence: A drunken feast; drunken revels; an orgy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun mythology A feast or an orgy in honor of Bacchus.
  • noun Hence: A drunken feast; drunken revels; an orgy.

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

  • noun a wild gathering involving excessive drinking and promiscuity
  • noun an orgiastic festival in ancient Greece in honor of Dionysus (= Bacchus)

Etymologies

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

[Latin Bacchānālia, from Bacchus, Bacchus, from Greek Bakkhos.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin Bacchānālia ("feast of Bacchus"), plural of Bacchānal ("a place devoted to Bacchus"), from Bacchus ("the god of wine"), from Ancient Greek Βάκχος (Bakkhos).

Examples

  • His love affair with“Catty, Katsch, mon admirable Kathi” had about it an artificial, almost a literary, quality; even his Bacchanalia was a masquerade.

    FORGE OF EMPIRES 1861-1871

  • His love affair with“Catty, Katsch, mon admirable Kathi” had about it an artificial, almost a literary, quality; even his Bacchanalia was a masquerade.

    FORGE OF EMPIRES 1861-1871

  • His love affair with“Catty, Katsch, mon admirable Kathi” had about it an artificial, almost a literary, quality; even his Bacchanalia was a masquerade.

    FORGE OF EMPIRES 1861-1871

  • His love affair with“Catty, Katsch, mon admirable Kathi” had about it an artificial, almost a literary, quality; even his Bacchanalia was a masquerade.

    FORGE OF EMPIRES 1861-1871

  • His love affair with“Catty, Katsch, mon admirable Kathi” had about it an artificial, almost a literary, quality; even his Bacchanalia was a masquerade.

    FORGE OF EMPIRES 1861-1871

  • The compilers of the modern version of the Gospel story must surely have inadvertently copied this text as it read in the ancient versions of that old, old story, which, when observed in remembrance of "Our Lord and Saviour Bacchus," was called the Bacchanalia, or feast, of Bacchus.

    Astral Worship

  • He denounced protests as a "Bacchanalia," predicted chaos in the coming days, and said opposition leaders would prove themselves incompetent.

    Kyrgyz Rebels Assert Authority

  • He denounced protests as a "Bacchanalia," predicted chaos in the coming days, and said opposition leaders would prove themselves incompetent.

    Kyrgyz Rebels Assert Authority

  • He denounced protests as a "Bacchanalia," predicted chaos in the coming days, and said opposition leaders would prove themselves incompetent.

    Kyrgyz Rebels Assert Authority

  • He denounced protests as a "Bacchanalia," predicted chaos in the coming days, and said opposition leaders would prove themselves incompetent.

    Kyrgyzstan Mourns Victims of Unrest

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