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 (băk′ə-nāl′yə, -nā′lē-ə)
n. pl. Bacchanalia
1. The ancient Roman festival in honor of Bacchus.
2. bacchanalia A riotous, boisterous, or drunken festivity; a revel.

[Latin Bacchānālia, from Bacchus, Bacchus, from Greek Bakkhos.]

Bac′cha·na′lian, bac′cha·na′lian adj. & n.


pl n
1. (Classical Myth & Legend) (often capital) orgiastic rites associated with Bacchus
2. any drunken revelry


(ˌbæk əˈneɪ li ə, -ˈneɪl yə)

n., pl. -li•a, -li•as.
1. (sometimes used with a pl. v.) a festival in honor of Bacchus. Compare Dionysia.
2. (l.c.) a drunken feast.
[1625–35; < Latin, =Bacch(us) + -ān(us) -an1 + -ālia, neuter pl. of -ālis -al1]
bac`cha•na′li•an, adj., n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Bacchanalia - an orgiastic festival in ancient Greece in honor of Dionysus (= Bacchus)Bacchanalia - an orgiastic festival in ancient Greece in honor of Dionysus (= Bacchus)
festival, fete - an organized series of acts and performances (usually in one place); "a drama festival"
2.Bacchanalia - a wild gathering involving excessive drinking and promiscuitybacchanalia - a wild gathering involving excessive drinking and promiscuity
revel, revelry - unrestrained merrymaking


[ˌbækəˈneɪlɪə] NPLbacanales fpl (fig) → bacanal f


n (Hist, fig) → Bacchanal nt (geh)
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