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 (kôr′ə-bănt′, kŏr′-)
n. pl. Cor·y·bants or Cor·y·ban·tes (-băn′tēz′) Greek Mythology
A priest of the Phrygian goddess Cybele whose rites were celebrated with music and ecstatic dances.

Cor′y·ban′tic adj.


n, pl Corybants or Corybantes (ˌkɒrɪˈbæntiːz)
(Classical Myth & Legend) classical myth a wild attendant of the goddess Cybele
[C14: from Latin Corybās, from Greek Korubas, probably of Phrygian origin]
ˌCoryˈbantian, ˌCoryˈbantic, ˌCoryˈbantine adj


(ˈkɔr əˌbænt, ˈkɒr-)

n., pl. Cor•y•ban•tes (ˌkɔr əˈbæn tiz, ˌkɒr-) Cor•y•bants.
a priest or votary of Cybele.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin Corybant-, s. of Corybās < Greek Korýbās]
cor`y•ban′tic, adj.
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Each of them is connected to a foundational myth and at least three elements (circularity, leaps, and weapon handling) are "motivated" mythically: "within the god welcoming courtyard, the tripping Corybants would surround Dionysos with their child-cherishing dance, and clash their swords and strike their shields with rebounding steel in alternate movements, to conceal the growing boyhood of Dionysos" (Nonnos 9, 315).
Such inauthentic authority cannot command our rational assent, but must induce obedience by unleashing the irrational frenzy of desire, as Socrates indicates by telling Crito that "these are the words I seem to hear, as the Corybants seem to hear the music of their flutes, and the echo of these words resounds in me, and makes it impossible for me to hear anything else.
The mythological title, meaning, redundantly, "Unrestrained Ecstasies," refers to the Corybants, spirits associated with the goddess Cybele.