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1. Greek Mythology A woman member of the orgiastic cult of Dionysus.
2. A frenzied woman.

[Latin Maenas, Maenad-, from Greek mainas, raving, madwoman, Maenad, from mainesthai, to be mad; see men- in Indo-European roots.]


(ˈmiːnæd) or


1. (Classical Myth & Legend) classical myth a woman participant in the orgiastic rites of Dionysus; bacchante
2. a frenzied woman
[C16: from Latin Maenas, from Greek mainas madwoman]
maeˈnadic adj
maeˈnadically adv
ˈmaenadism n


(ˈmi næd)

2. a frenzied or raging woman.
[1570–80; < Latin Maenad- (s. of Maenas) < Greek Mainás a bacchante, literally, madwoman]
mae•nad′ic, adj.
mae′nad•ism, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.maenad - an unnaturally frenzied or distraught woman
adult female, woman - an adult female person (as opposed to a man); "the woman kept house while the man hunted"
2.maenad - (Greek mythology) a woman participant in the orgiastic rites of Dionysusmaenad - (Greek mythology) a woman participant in the orgiastic rites of Dionysus
Greek mythology - the mythology of the ancient Greeks
adult female, woman - an adult female person (as opposed to a man); "the woman kept house while the man hunted"
References in classic literature ?
Almost all the Maenads were unreasonable, and many of them insupportable; it struck me in short that he was kinder, more considerate than, in his place (if I could imagine myself in such a place
She ceased to be a woman, complex, kind and petulant, considerate and thoughtless; she was a Maenad.
I have heard also How such strange magic lurks within these shells That at their bidding casements open wide And Innocence puts vine-leaves in her hair, And wantons like a maenad.
384-404) And when Demeter saw them, she rushed forth as does a Maenad down some thick-wooded mountain, while Persephone on the other side, when she saw her mother's sweet eyes, left the chariot and horses, and leaped down to run to her, and falling upon her neck, embraced her.
Raving" is applied to the Bacchantes or Maenads, whose name means "raving ones.
The version of spirituality embraced by the ecstatic maenads of Field's 1889 volume Long Ago, who "dance with lightsome feet, / And lift the song with voices sweet" (11.
Although the girls are never given a name, these have to be the Maenads.
I was in a punk-rock band called Maenads," she explains -- this was in Cyprus, back in her early 20s (she's now 35) -- and she lost her voice from too many punk-rock exertions, forced into a months-long silence which in turn led to opera training to make sure it didn't happen again.
But unlike the master of modern Expressionism, she overlooks the vengeful Maenads who force the Oedipal hero to confront and make reparation for the tragic consequences of his actions.
And honey, too, is described as dripping from the tip of the thyrsus staves carried by the Maenads.
There was an Athena and two Maenads, pouring wine and spreading flowers.
The first published play by "Michael Field," Callirrhoe, features a loyal and loving daughter who comes to understand that her place is not in the town with the family who betrays her, but amongst the Maenads on the mountainside.