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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 ?
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.
She ceased to be a woman, complex, kind and petulant, considerate and thoughtless; she was 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
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.
Dances of silvan satyrs and motionless silence of maenad that lost in internal contemplation and sensation of God are equally dionysic.
180), EBB experienced a "happy liberty" like "a Maenad of old" (p.
Season 2, which is explicitly about the excess of belief in both fundamentalist Christianity (through the evangelical Steven Newlin, played by Steve Newlin) and fictionalized Greek paganism (the maenad Maryann, played by Michelle Forbes, waiting for the god Dionysus) is only briefly analyzed before Clements concludes that in Harris's world the vampire has no "genuine theological significance" (102).
3 from Woodchester can only be interpreted as depicting a satyr and a maenad, given the position of the male figure and the fawn-skin garment (nebris) visible behind his shoulder, following a scheme that incidentally is also found at Chedworth (cat 418.
The central glazed tile of Binomial Sikkinus pictures a maenad dancer affiliated with Dionysus.