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 (dī′ə-nĭsh′ən, -nĭzh′ən, -nĭs′ē-ən)
1. Greek Mythology
a. Of or relating to Dionysus.
b. Of or devoted to the worship of Dionysus.
2. often dionysian Of an ecstatic, orgiastic, or irrational nature; frenzied or undisciplined: "remained the nearest to the instinctual, the irrational in music, and thus to the Dionysian spirit in art" (Musco Carner).
3. often dionysian In the philosophy of Nietzsche, of or displaying creative-intuitive power as opposed to critical-rational power.

[From Latin Dionȳsius, from Greek Dionūsios, from Dionūsos, Dionysus.]


1. (Classical Myth & Legend) of or relating to Dionysus
2. (Philosophy) (sometimes not capital) (in the philosophy of Nietzsche) of or relating to the set of creative qualities that encompasses spontaneity, irrationality, the rejection of discipline, etc
3. (often not capital) wild or orgiastic
4. of or relating to any of the historical characters named Dionysius
Compare (for senses 2, 3): Apollonian


(ˌdaɪ əˈnɪʃ ən, -ˈnɪs i ən, -ˈnaɪ si-)

also Di•o•nys•i•ac

(-ˈnɪs iˌæk, -ˈnaɪ si-)

1. pertaining to Dionysus or his worship; Bacchic.
2. recklessly uninhibited; frenzied; orgiastic.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.Dionysian - of or relating to or worshipping Dionysus
Greek mythology - the mythology of the ancient Greeks


[ˌdaɪəˈnɪzɪən] ADJdionisiaco


References in classic literature ?
Haidee's learned reference is to the behavior of an actor in the Dionysian festivals.
In July I went to a Dionysian wedding--our usual circle of family and friends take us into the oddest corners at times.
Depictions of his male and female companions (satyrs and maenads) cavorting, dancing and engaging in sexual activity demonstrated the lascivious component of the Dionysian cult.
Patrick's hermetic Rothko is an egocentric, vulnerable and irascible proponent of Nietzsche's "The Birth of Tragedy,'' his paintings representing the opposing struggle between Dionysian emotion/chaos and Apollonian intelligence/order, the tragedy being that there can never be complete balance.
The pieces evoking Cypriot culture and history are Six Miniature Paintings by Nicos Vichas, Ups and Downs by Andreas Yangopouos, Naked Branches by Christina Athinodorou, Dionysian Dances by Christodoulos Georgiades and Cypriada by Andreas Kameris.
What Nietzsche describes as the Apollonian, associated with clarity, consciousness, and control, bears evident affinities with Schopenhauer's account of representation, while what Nietzsche describes as the Dionysian, associated with chaotic energy, passion, and the collapse of distinctions, bears evident affinities with Schopenhauer's account of will.
In a press conference, Mendoni said that the scene in the mosaic, recounting the abduction of Persephone, is indeed "linked with the cults of the underworld, the Orphic cult-descent into Hades and the Dionysian rites.
Even though Nietzsche was writing specifically about Ancient Greek tragedy in The Birth of Tragedy, if there is any psychological truth to his distinction between the Apollonian and Dionysian, the human experiences that he describes should apply to all humans, including prehistoric humans.
This energy and purposiveness is present in a number of works employing the pagan and Dionysian concept of sparagmos, whereby in the moment of ritual dismemberment the god is revealed.
Yet whether deployed in the service of serene Apollonian orderliness (as it was to such familiarly dramatic effect in the new Richard Serra sculpture that just a month earlier had filled Gagosian next door), of the more Pop-influenced commodity interrogations of Nancy Rubins, or of the kind of colossal Dionysian abandon conjured ever more by Matthew Barney's program, great scale inevitably aspires to sublimity.
Bordering on Dionysian, Saklat's work connects the viewer immediately with the subject.
One is reminded of Nietzsche's 'solution' of the Schopenhauerian problem: rather than a Platonic ascension to the ideas, he invokes instead the powers of the Dionysian, creative energies that are unaligned with, even downright hostile to, the clarity of concepts.