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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 ?
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.
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
In 2016 Charles Ede sold 'a particularly fine blackfigure kantharos' to a client in New York and, more recently, to Yale University, a red-figure kylix with Bacchic scenes on the outside and a tondo of a maenad attacking a satyr (Fig.
Or Jonas shrieking like a maenad in Lines in the Sand, 2002/2005, and howling like a dog in Organic Honey's Visual Telepathy, 1972, and Waltz, 2003.
So,(in a 'light frenzy') he is persuaded to dress as a maenad in women's clothes, then he could secretly watch what they were up, which he thought was sex, on Mt.
For those looking to get freaky, try a Maenad a Trois--a luscious three-way of ginger, peach and prosecco.
129) When Amphion taunts Parthenopaeus in Book 9, Parthenopaeus' response to Amphion's battle vaunts reveals his own suspicions of his masculinity, as he tells that he never engaged in womanly activities or acted like a Maenad (9.
soaked in sweat, panting like a Maenad after the dance," welcomes his most feral and frenzied assaults (112).
Dressed in a fawn-skin and crowned with pine leaves, she looks much more like a Maenad than a nymph.
Albert's analysis is remarkably painstaking at times: he offers, for instance, a detailed account of the genealogy of the name Undershaft and its connections to Dionysus via the fifteenth-century English maypole celebration during which poles were erected outside church entrances in London, and even provides a reading of the particular instruments in Shaw's Salvation Army band and their relationship to the instrumentation of Euripides' maenad chorus.