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mae·nad

 (mē′năd′)
n.
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.]

maenad

(ˈmiːnæd) or

menad

n
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

mae•nad

(ˈmi næd)

n.
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 ?
At the corner of Pitt Street he paused to light a fresh cigar; the vesta threw, as he did so, a strong light upon his features, and a man of about his own age stopped at sight of it.
He is a professional beggar, though in order to avoid the police regulations he pretends to a small trade in wax vestas.
There was a box of vestas, two inches of tallow candle, an A D P brier-root pipe, a pouch of seal-skin with half an ounce of long-cut Cavendish, a silver watch with a gold chain, five sovereigns in gold, an aluminum pencil-case, a few papers, and an ivory-handled knife with a very delicate, inflexible bade marked Weiss & Co.
It was a wax vesta half burned, which was so coated with mud that it looked at first like a little chip of wood.
Not that I would intimate that such strict chastity as was preserved in the temple of Vesta can possibly be maintained at a public inn.
When we were in complete darkness, he lit a wax vesta, and asked Daddy Jacques to move to the middle of the chamber with it to the place where the night-light was burning that night.
Daddy Jacques who was in his stockings--he usually left his sabots in the vestibule--entered The Yellow Room with his bit of a vesta.
The Temple of Vesta might have sprung up anew from its ruins, expressly to lend its countenance to the occasion.
Although the girls are never given a name, these have to be the Maenads.
And honey, too, is described as dripping from the tip of the thyrsus staves carried by the Maenads.
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.
Gods such as Pan and Dionysus have not been represented yet and introducing the "wild" cult of the Maenads and the Satyrs could offer another occasion to deal with the theme of religion-or the lack of it--that has been repeatedly developed in both Clash of the Titans and Wrath of the Titans.