(kôr′ə-bănt′, kŏr′-)
n. pl. Cor·y·bants or Cor·y·ban·tes (-băn′tēz′) Greek Mythology
A priest of the Phrygian goddess Cybele whose rites were celebrated with music and ecstatic dances.

Cor′y·ban′tic adj.
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The ritual seating ([TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]) of the initiate mentioned in the same passage is attested for the Corybantic rites by Plato, Euthphr.
Using the metaphor of frenzied religious festival celebration, Socrates compares the poets to Corybantic dancers and Bacchic revelers.
Self calls Millet a "relentless fabulist" who is "cloven in two by Elysian ecstasy and corybantic abandon.
Aristotle calls the flute orgiastic because it contributes to religious insanity but often refers to drums in bacchic, corybantic or similar ecstatic worship.
At the height of their devotions, the maenads were seized by violent raptures, to which they surrendered entirely; absorbed in the formless beauty of the god, and tormented by fitful intimations of his presence, they worshipped him with cries of longing and delight, desperate invocations, wild dithyrambs, delirious dance, inebriation, and the throbbing din of corybantic music; abandoning all sense of themselves, they suffered visions and uttered prophecies, fell ravished and writhing to the earth, or sank into insensibility.
And at a recent revival of his 1999 work Corybantic Ecstasies at the Boston Ballet, he saw plenty of choreography he would have chucked in retrospect.
In both fables of possession we see how ritual motion and corybantic chanting bring about the psychological birth of the aliens.
Zambello should have known better than to try to maneuver two principals of this size in corybantic gyrations.
As today's celebrants of corybantic Romanticism, they enrich culture.
But on the other hand, the ecstatic, corybantic appeal of rap is equally stressed, and the need for immersing oneself in it somatically, rather than intellectually: ".
Schopenhauer once accused the followers of Hegel of celebrating the works of their master "with corybantic shouting.
Wheeldon premiered a new Firebird at Boston in October, and he created Corybantic Ecstasies for the company last season.