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  • adjective Greek mythology Of, or pertaining to the maenad
  • adjective by extension, of a woman Excessively wild or emotional.


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maenad +‎ -ic


  • He was lying tightly restrained on his back while some maenadic space-sprite executed a victory dance on his chest.

    Pawns and Symbols

  • Lynch, a torch in her hand, her hair in maenadic dishevelment, leading on a mob to set fire to a town.

    The Dust Flower

  • The prim, obliterated, polite surface of life, and the broad, bawdy and orgiastic -- or maenadic -- foundations, form a spectacle to which no habit reconciles me.

    Varieties of Religious Experience, a Study in Human Nature

  • When he and his brothers arrived at Heathrow in 1972 they were set upon by maenadic teenyboppers, who tore clumps of hair from Jermaine's scalp, robbed Michael of a shoe and almost choked him by tugging the opposite ends of his scarf.)

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