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Bacchanalia   /bˌækənˈeɪljə/   Listen
Bacchanalia

noun
1.
An orgiastic festival in ancient Greece in honor of Dionysus (= Bacchus).  Synonym: Dionysia.
2.
A wild gathering involving excessive drinking and promiscuity.  Synonyms: bacchanal, debauch, debauchery, drunken revelry, orgy, riot, saturnalia.






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... apply to the pieces of Aristophanes the motto of a pleasant and acute adventurer in Goethe: "Mad, but clever." In them we are best enabled to conceive why the Dramatic Art in general was consecrated to Bacchus: it is the intoxication of poetry, the Bacchanalia of fun. This faculty will at times assert its rights as well as others; and hence several nations have set apart certain festivals, such as Saturnalia, Carnivals, &c., in which the people may give themselves altogether ...
— Lectures on Dramatic Art and Literature • August Wilhelm Schlegel



Words linked to "Bacchanalia" :   festival, revel, fete, revelry, Dionysia



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