Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Madly agitated; inflamed like the corybants.
  • Affected with or exhibiting corybantism.

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

  • adjective Of, pertaining to, or resembling, the Corybantes or their rites; frantic; frenzied.

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  • adjective frenetic, ecstatic and orgiastic
  • adjective of or pertaining to a Corybant

Etymologies

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Corybant +‎ -ic

Examples

  • Our host is Louis Fourie, a former South African wine farmer of corybantic energy and sun-pinched eyes who had a dream when he was 14 to own land where he couldn't see the borders.

    Richard Bangs: Following Brad and Angelina to Namibia, Part I

  • Our host is Louis Fourie, a former South African wine farmer of corybantic energy and sun-pinched eyes who had a dream when he was 14 to own land where he couldn't see the borders.

    Richard Bangs: Following Brad and Angelina to Namibia, Part I

  • It was not unnatural that Welhaven should look upon the corybantic music of Wergeland as the source and origin of an evil of which it was really the symptom; he gathered his powers together to crush it, and he published a thunderbolt of sonnets.

    Henrik Ibsen

  • Cake cats can cause corybantic coeliac convulsions!

    Stop the Insanity!!

  • It was not unnatural that Welhaven should look upon the corybantic music of Wergeland as the source and origin of an evil of which it was really the symptom; he gathered his powers together to crush it, and he published a thunderbolt of sonnets.

    Henrik Ibsen

  • Then suddenly, heralded by clattering sounds and a gride of wheels, Dangle had flared and thundered across the tranquillity of the summer evening; Dangle, swaying and gesticulating behind a corybantic black horse, had hailed Jessie by her name, had backed towards the hedge for no ostensible reason, and vanished to the accomplishment of the Fate that had been written down for him from the very beginning of things.

    The Wheels of Chance: a bicycling idyll

  • I knew there was nothing in them and no bottom to the whole story; and the drums and shouts and cries from Tanugamanono and the town keeping up an all night corybantic chorus in the moonlight — the moon rose late — and the search-light of the war-ship in the harbour making a jewel of brightness as it lit up the bay of

    Vailima Letters

  • I could have used this when I lived in Los Angeles, you know, back in my corybantic days, when I would party corybantically all weekend.

    Inspiration on a Tuesday

  • I could have used this when I lived in Los Angeles, you know, back in my corybantic days, when I would party corybantically all weekend.

    Inspiration on a Tuesday

  • The word of the day is “corybantic,” defined by AWAD as “wild; frenzied; uncontrolled.”

    Inspiration on a Tuesday

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  • Of, pertaining to, or resembling, the Corybantes or their rites; frantic; frenzied; as, a corybantic dance.

    February 6, 2008

  • Having now read The No Variations several times in the course of translating and editing, I was continually amused by its author's mock affectations, moved by his corybantic delight in language, and, despite the difficulty, I believe it has that quality proper to all fine literature, which Tertullian first noted of scripture: semper habet aliquid relegentibus, however frequently we read it, we shall always meet with something new."

    Darren Koolman, in his Translator's Preface to The No Variations by Luis Chitarroni

    September 12, 2013

  • From Christina Stead, The Beauties and Furies.

    "Marourgo edged closer and leaned toward the other table, the lucent epidermis of his face pallid with excitement and self-intoxication; he had reached the rare corybantic hour that he struggled for, his low voice was splintered by the stridor of sorcery, he trembled with the internal dithyrambs of megalomania. (p. 222 of Margaret Harriss's edition for Tezt Classics)

    April 15, 2017