Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as bacchanal.

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

  • adjective Of or pertaining to the festival of Bacchus; relating to or given to reveling and drunkenness.
  • noun A bacchanal; a drunken reveler.

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  • noun Alternative capitalization of Bacchanalian

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  • adjective used of riotously drunken merrymaking

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Examples

  • The $500,000 afterparty, held in a club specially constructed backstage at Wembley just for the night, was a bacchanalian eyeful that featured acrobats swinging overhead and nearly naked dancers gyrating in cages.

    William and Kate

  • Naturally, such bacchanalian and sybaritic efforts resulted in rock n' roll suicides -- so to speak -- indigenous to the region, such as the deaths of Jimi Hendrix and Steve Took of '70s glam duo T.

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  • But Daytona Beach's bacchanalian atmosphere is part of the allure for domestic missionaries -- it's what's called "battleground evangelism."

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  • At a bacchanalian soiree thrown by students from Johns Hopkins University, for example, Kate nursed one glass of wine the entire evening.

    William and Kate

  • It's a conceit that would ring false with David Threlfall's wild, bacchanalian Chatsworth patriarch but William H Macy's Frank is a more sensitive, caring soul, who uses his extended period of sobriety to connect with the kids.

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  • The $500,000 afterparty, held in a club specially constructed backstage at Wembley just for the night, was a bacchanalian eyeful that featured acrobats swinging overhead and nearly naked dancers gyrating in cages.

    William and Kate

  • But in appearance he still ruled, dozing oft-times at the board, a bacchanalian ruin, yet in all seeming the ruler of the feast.

    The Wit of Porportuk

  • Not only has the show reached its 15th anniversary but tonight also brings the return of the annual jamboree Hollyoaks Later, during which Hollyoaks gets to pretend it is Skins: showing flesh, gleefully swearing and generally revelling in the bacchanalian Arcadia that is post-watershed E4.

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  • At a bacchanalian soiree thrown by students from Johns Hopkins University, for example, Kate nursed one glass of wine the entire evening.

    William and Kate

  • In between two circumnavigations of the globe he bought the best vineyards in the village and founded La Paulée de Meursault, the bacchanalian postharvest feast that survives to this day.

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  • "The noisy revels of bacchanalians in the Inner Sanctuary could not be more unwelcome sounds to devout worshipers than was my peal of the party toscin in the ears of those who glorified the 'Era of Good Feeling.'"

    --- Martin Van Buren, on political parties, as quoted by James Ceaser in Presidential Selection

    May 28, 2008

  • Why can I never remember this word while I'm actually at a bacchanalia?

    May 28, 2008