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Bacchanal   /bəkˈeɪnəl/  /bˈækɪnəl/   Listen

Someone who engages in drinking bouts.  Synonyms: bacchant, drunken reveler, drunken reveller.
A drunken reveller; a devotee of Bacchus.  Synonym: bacchant.
A wild gathering involving excessive drinking and promiscuity.  Synonyms: bacchanalia, debauch, debauchery, drunken revelry, orgy, riot, saturnalia.

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"Bacchanal" Quotes from Famous Books

... and the reading of essays added to the entertainment of these gatherings. Stories were told, and bacchanal songs sung. No man could tell a better story, and few men could sing a better song than Benjamin Franklin. No one was deemed a suitable member of the club, who would not contribute his full quota to the entertainment or instruction. ...
— Benjamin Franklin, A Picture of the Struggles of Our Infant Nation One Hundred Years Ago - American Pioneers and Patriots Series • John S. C. Abbott

... nothing of the stiffness of the model in her attitudes. They had the charm of being unstudied and natural, and whether as a bacchanal, a peasant girl, or a Gaulish amazon, she looked the part equally well; her face was singularly mobile, and although this was an inferior consideration to the master, she never failed to represent the expression appropriate to ...
— A Girl of the Commune • George Alfred Henty

... unchallenged through the skies. And reckless feet, fitful with wine and woe, And songs of revel that fall dead about Her ruined beauty—sadder than a wail— (As if the sweet maternal eve for pity Took out the joy, and, with a blush of twilight, Uncrowned the Bacchanal)—some outraged sister Passeth, be patient, think upon yon heaven, Where angels hail the Magdalen, look down Upon that life in death, and say, ...
— Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Volume 1, No. 3, August, 1850. • Various

... rye, schnapps [U.S.], sherry, sling [U.S.], uisquebaugh [Ire.], usquebaugh [Scot.], whisky, xeres^. drunkard, sot, toper, tippler, bibber^, wine-bibber, lush; hard drinker, gin drinker, dram drinker; soaker [Slang], sponge, tun; love pot, toss pot; thirsty soul, reveler, carouser, Bacchanal, Bacchanalian; Bacchal^, Bacchante^; devotee to Bacchus^; bum [U.S.], guzzler, tavern haunter. V. get drunk, be drunk &c adj.; see double; take a drop too much, take a glass too much; drink; tipple, tope, booze, bouse [Fr.], guzzle, ...
— Roget's Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases: Body • Roget

Words linked to "Bacchanal" :   juicer, inebriated, bacchic, lover, imbiber, orgy, devotee, drinker, buff, revel, fan, toper, intoxicated, drunken reveller, drunken revelry, revelry, carousing, drunk, saturnalia

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