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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
It should be noted that Aslan's influence encompasses even Bacchus, Silenus the satyr and the Maenads.
and midnight, BBCA) An old man asks Jason to find his missing daughter who was taken by the Maenads, fanatical worshipers of the god Dionysus.
When an old man asks them to find his missing daughter, their fortunes seem set to improve but she has been taken by the Maenads, fanatical worshippers of the god Dionysus.
I must also mention the Nine Muses, the Three Graces, Bacchus, the Maenads, the Panthers, the Fauns, and I owe very hearty thanks to Apollo.
When Marsyas loses, and the executioner begins to whet his knife, the Maenads approach Apollo "With a lovely frightened mien" (II.
First, an object of attack: the Maenads are a possible target, since their actions are initially ridiculous and finally deplorable, but Orpheus himself is the definite target of the women's fury.
One of the maenads, a female follower of Dionysos, is shown carrying a young satyr on her shoulders.
The poet allies himself with the enchanting powers of song and music, with Orpheus, who experienced in his own body the dismemberment of all phenomena, torn into pieces by the Maenads.
After all, the male counterparts of the maenads in art were the satyrs, and Greek culture abounded in polymorphous creatures such as the centaur and a host of female monsters such as sphinxes, sirens, and gorgons.
When the Maenads discover Pentheus voyeuristically gazing upon them, they rip off his head; his mother, before she regains her daytime senses, carries his head on a stick.
Various narrative hints liken her to the maenads who worshipped Bacchus.