Definition of Bacchanalian

1. Adjective. Used of riotously drunken merrymaking. "Orgiastic festivity"

Exact synonyms: Bacchanal, Bacchic, Carousing, Orgiastic
Similar to: Drunk, Inebriated, Intoxicated
Derivative terms: Bacchanal, Bacchanal, Orgy, Orgy



Definition of Bacchanalian

1. a. Of or pertaining to the festival of Bacchus; relating to or given to reveling and drunkenness.

2. n. A bacchanal; a drunken reveler.

Definition of Bacchanalian

1. Adjective. Of or pertaining to the festival of Bacchus; relating to or given to reveling and drunkenness. ¹

2. Noun. A bacchanal; a drunken reveler. ¹

3. Noun. (alternative capitalization of Bacchanalian) ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Bacchanalian

1. [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Bacchanalian

baccalaureat
baccalaureate
baccalaureates
baccalaureats
baccara
baccaras
baccarat
baccarats
baccare
baccas
baccate
baccated
bacchanal
bacchanale
bacchanalia
bacchanalian (current term)
bacchanalianism
bacchanalians
bacchanalias
bacchanals
bacchanology
bacchant
bacchante
bacchantes
bacchantic
bacchants
bacchiac
bacchian
bacchic
bacchical

Literary usage of Bacchanalian

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Works of the English Poets, from Chaucer to Cowper: Including the Series by Alexander Chalmers, Samuel Johnson (1810)
"A bacchanalian, SUNG I1Y MR. REINHOLD. BACCHUS, ever smiling power, Patron of the festive ... Away to the, bc A bacchanalian. WHAT is war and all its joys? ..."

2. The English Poets: Selections with Critical Introductions by Various Writers by Thomas Humphry Ward (1917)
"... But never have sought, nor sighed for change j And Death, whenever he come to me, Shall come on the wide unbounded Sea IA bacchanalian SONG. Sing ! ..."

3. The History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides (1855)
"... in honour of whom the ok bacchanalian feasts are celebrated on the twelfth day of the month ... bacchanalian ..."

4. A Manual of Composition and Rhetoric: A Text-book for Schools and Colleges by John Seely Hart (1892)
"bacchanalian Songs.— These, as the name imports, are songs to be sung in honor of ... bacchanalian Songs almost always partake of the comic character, ..."

5. Shakespeare in Music: A Collation of the Chief Musical Allusions in the by Louis Charles Elson (1901)
"The bacchanalian Music of Shakespeare — Early English Drinking-songs — Skelton's Ale-song —Tavern Life and Customs — Catches — Ancient Rounds — "Three-men's ..."

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