bacchanalia (n.) "drunken revelry," 1630s, from the name of the Roman festival held in honor of Bacchus, from neuter plural of L. bacchanalis (see BACCHANAL (Cf. bacchanal)). A participant is a Bacchant (1690s), fem. Bacchante, from French. The plural of both is Bacchantes.

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  • Bacchanalia — Bac cha*na li*a (b[a^]k k[.a]*n[=a] l[i^]*[.a]), n. pl. [L. Bacchanal a place devoted to Bacchus; in the pl. Bacchanalia a feast of Bacchus, fr. Bacchus the god of wine, Gr. Ba kchos.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Myth.) A feast or an orgy in honor of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • BACCHANALIA — Bacchi festa, in quibus viri per noctem feminis, et tenerae aetati turpiter per dolum admiscebantur. Iuvenal. Sat. 2. v. 3. Qui Curios simulant et Bacchanalia vivunt. Eorum pompam, et festivitatem breviter describir Plut. περὶ φιλοπλουτείας. De… …   Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

  • bacchanalia — index debauchery Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • Bacchanalia — [bak΄ə nā′lē ə] pl.n. [L] 1. [sometimes with sing. v.] an ancient Roman festival in honor of Bacchus 2. [b ] [usually with sing. v.; with pl. v., often bacchanalias] a drunken party; orgy bacchanalian adj., n …   English World dictionary

  • Bacchanalia — Infobox Holiday holiday name = Bacchanalia type = Pagan longtype = Pagan, Historical caption = The Bacchanal by Peter Paul Rubens observedby = Romans date = celebrations = observances = relatedto = The bacchanalia were wild and mystic festivals… …   Wikipedia

  • Bacchanalia — bacchanalian, adj., n. bacchanalianism, n. /bak euh nay lee euh, nayl yeuh/, n., pl. Bacchanalia, Bacchanalias. 1. (sometimes used with a pl. v.) a festival in honor of Bacchus. Cf. Dionysia. 2. (l.c.) a drunken feast; orgy. [1625 35; < L equiv.… …   Universalium

  • Bacchanalia — [ˌbakə neɪlɪə] plural noun [also treated as sing.] 1》 the Roman festival of the god Bacchus. 2》 (bacchanalia) wild revelry. Derivatives bacchanalian adjective Origin C16: from L. bacchanalia, neut. plural of the adjective bacchanalis (see… …   English new terms dictionary

  • bacchanalia — noun (plural bacchanalia) Etymology: Latin, from Bacchus Date: 1591 1. plural, capitalized a Roman festival of Bacchus celebrated with dancing, song, and revelry 2. a. orgy 2 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • bacchanalia — baccanale ит. [баккана/ле] Bacchanal нем. [бакана/ль] bacchanale фр. [бакана/ль] bacchanalia англ. [бэкэнэ/йлийэ] вакханалия, праздник в честь Вакха …   Словарь иностранных музыкальных терминов

  • bacchanalia — wild revelry. → Bacchanalia …   English new terms dictionary

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