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 (băk′ə-năl′, -näl′, băk′ə-nəl)
1. often bacchanals The Bacchanalia.
2. A participant in the Bacchanalia.
3. A drunken or riotous celebration.
4. A reveler.
Of, relating to, or typical of the worship of Bacchus.

[From Latin Bacchānālia; see Bacchanalia.]
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1. (Classical Myth & Legend) a follower of Bacchus
2. a drunken and riotous celebration
3. a participant in such a celebration; reveller
(Classical Myth & Legend) of or relating to Bacchus
[C16: from Latin Bacchānālis; see Bacchus]
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(n. ˌbɑ kəˈnɑl, ˌbæk əˈnæl, ˈbæk ə nl; adj. ˈbæk ə nl)

1. a worshipper of Bacchus.
2. a drunken reveler.
3. an occasion of drunken revelry; orgy; bacchanalia.
4. pertaining to Bacchus or the Bacchanalia.
[1530–40; < Latin Bacchānāl, derivative of Bacchus]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bacchanal - someone who engages in drinking boutsbacchanal - someone who engages in drinking bouts
imbiber, juicer, toper, drinker - a person who drinks alcoholic beverages (especially to excess)
2.bacchanal - a drunken revellerbacchanal - a drunken reveller; a devotee of Bacchus
buff, devotee, lover, fan - an ardent follower and admirer
3.bacchanal - a wild gathering involving excessive drinking and promiscuitybacchanal - a wild gathering involving excessive drinking and promiscuity
revel, revelry - unrestrained merrymaking
Adj.1.bacchanal - used of riotously drunken merrymakingbacchanal - 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"
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34/FS 89: Aladdin's Dream and Dance of the Morning Mist; Chinese Dance; The Market Place in Isfahan; Negro Dance; Marcel Khalife: From Concerto for Rababa and Orchestra: Third Movement; and Camille Saint-SaE1/2ns: From Samson and Delilah: Bacchanale. The tickets are priced QR125-175.
From Wagner's impassioned Ride of the Valkyries to Saint-Saens' riotous Bacchanale, it will be a thrilling evening of evocative music by the world's greatest composers, all culminating in Tchaikovsky's epic 1812 overture.
The inclusion on the album of the Bacchanale from Saint-Saens's opera Samson et Dalila and the Dance of the Seven Veils from Strauss's Salome can be viewed from two angles: either as part of the comprehensive artistic conception of the chosen title or as mere filler.
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