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bac·cha·nal

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

[From Latin Bacchānālia; see Bacchanalia.]
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bacchanal

(ˈbækənəl)
n
1. (Classical Myth & Legend) a follower of Bacchus
2. a drunken and riotous celebration
3. a participant in such a celebration; reveller
adj
(Classical Myth & Legend) of or relating to Bacchus
[C16: from Latin Bacchānālis; see Bacchus]
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bac•cha•nal

(n. ˌbɑ kəˈnɑl, ˌbæk əˈnæl, ˈbæk ə nl; adj. ˈbæk ə nl)

n.
1. a worshipper of Bacchus.
2. a drunken reveler.
3. an occasion of drunken revelry; orgy; bacchanalia.
adj.
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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Where Ismenus rolls his waters, Where the Dragon's teeth were sown, Where the Bacchanals thy daughters Round thee roam, There thy home; Thebes, O Bacchus, is thine own.
But Socrates, in Plato's Republic, is very wrong when he [1342b] permits only the Phrygian music to be used as well as the Doric, particularly as amongst other instruments he banishes the flute; for the Phrygian music has the same power in harmony as the flute has amongst the instruments; for they are both pathetic and raise the mind: and this the practice of the poets proves; for in their bacchanal songs, or whenever they describe any violent emotions of the mind, the flute is the instrument they chiefly use: and the Phrygian harmony is most suitable to these subjects.
Let the reader picture to himself in bacchanal form, Salvator Rosa's battle.