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Bac·cha·na·lia

 (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.

bacchanalian

(ˌbækəˈneɪlɪən)
adj
1. characterized by or involving drunken revelry
2. (Classical Myth & Legend) (often capital) of or relating to the orgiastic rites associated with Bacchus
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.bacchanalian - used of riotously drunken merrymakingbacchanalian - used of riotously drunken merrymaking; "a night of bacchanalian revelry"; "carousing bands of drunken soldiers"; "orgiastic festivity"
drunk, inebriated, intoxicated - stupefied or excited by a chemical substance (especially alcohol); "a noisy crowd of intoxicated sailors"; "helplessly inebriated"
Translations

bacchanalian

[ˌbækəˈneɪlɪən] ADJbacanal, báquico

bacchanalian

adjbacchantisch (geh)
References in classic literature ?
It was his habit, in these cases of Bacchanalian emergency, to stagger obstinately into his room on the ground-floor, to take the model-ship out of the cupboard, and to try if he could proceed with the never-to-be-completed employment of setting up the rigging.
The learned profession of the law was certainly not behind any other learned profession in its Bacchanalian propensities; neither was Mr.
I am very well,' said I; 'and not at all Bacchanalian tonight, though I confess to another party of three.
But above all, and to give a bacchanalian grace to this truly masculine repast, the captain produced his mellifluous keg of home-brewed nectar, which had been so potent over the senses of the veteran of Hudson's Bay.
Besides all this, there was a vast quantity of solid gold ornaments; - nearly two hundred massive finger and earrings; - rich chains - thirty of these, if I remember; - eighty-three very large and heavy crucifixes; - five gold censers of great value; - a prodigious golden punch bowl, ornamented with richly chased vine-leaves and Bacchanalian figures; with two sword-handles exquisitely embossed, and many other smaller articles which I cannot recollect.
There was no stint of generous wine, for it was a hard-drinking period, a time of loyal toasts, and bacchanalian songs, and brimming bumpers.
There is a bacchanalian monk, with ass's ears and glass in hand, laughing in the face of a whole community, as on the lavatory of the Abbey of Bocherville.
On the morning following the bacchanalian songs and quarrels recorded above, as the prince stepped out of the house at about eleven o'clock, the general suddenly appeared before him, much agitated.
His dogs thinking him out of the way for a time, discipline instantly relaxed; and they broke into a bacchanalian [drunken] dance, which brought him to his feet at once, all traces of human weakness gone, as if a bucket of water had passed over him.
It was a Bacchanalian song, something about a Sparkling Bowl.
The Doctor stood speechless in the doorway, staring at the Bacchanalian scene.
The two officers, looking at the prostrate Bacchanalian, and askance at each other, exchanged the most frightful sympathetic grins.