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 (dī′ə-nĭsh′ən, -nĭzh′ən, -nĭs′ē-ən)
1. Greek Mythology
a. Of or relating to Dionysus.
b. Of or devoted to the worship of Dionysus.
2. often dionysian Of an ecstatic, orgiastic, or irrational nature; frenzied or undisciplined: "remained the nearest to the instinctual, the irrational in music, and thus to the Dionysian spirit in art" (Musco Carner).
3. often dionysian In the philosophy of Nietzsche, of or displaying creative-intuitive power as opposed to critical-rational power.

[From Latin Dionȳsius, from Greek Dionūsios, from Dionūsos, Dionysus.]
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1. (Classical Myth & Legend) of or relating to Dionysus
2. (Philosophy) (sometimes not capital) (in the philosophy of Nietzsche) of or relating to the set of creative qualities that encompasses spontaneity, irrationality, the rejection of discipline, etc
3. (often not capital) wild or orgiastic
4. of or relating to any of the historical characters named Dionysius
Compare (for senses 2, 3): Apollonian
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(ˌdaɪ əˈnɪʃ ən, -ˈnɪs i ən, -ˈnaɪ si-)

also Di•o•nys•i•ac

(-ˈnɪs iˌæk, -ˈnaɪ si-)

1. pertaining to Dionysus or his worship; Bacchic.
2. recklessly uninhibited; frenzied; orgiastic.
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Adj.1.Dionysian - of or relating to or worshipping Dionysus
Greek mythology - the mythology of the ancient Greeks
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[ˌdaɪəˈnɪzɪən] ADJdionisiaco
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The first morality is active, creative, Dionysian. The second is passive, defensive,--to it belongs the "struggle for existence."
Haidee's learned reference is to the behavior of an actor in the Dionysian festivals.
Out of the Dionysian root of the German spirit a power has arisen which, having nothing in common with the primitive conditions of Socratic culture, can neither be explained nor excused by it, but which is rather felt by this culture as something terribly inexplicable and overwhelmingly hostile--German music as we must understand it, particularly in its vast solar orbit from Bach to Beethoven, from Beethoven to Wagner.
Dionysus was the most delighted of the gods and the most beloved of the people, and for that reason many Dionysian Feasts were held in his honour.
Various passages depict the Dionysian use of mind-expanding hallucinogens (a theme echoed in the album's cover image: a mask made by the Huichol people of the Sierra Madre, whose religious rituals involve the use of peyote), the renunciation of worldly pursuits in favor of spiritual liberation (known in the Hindu religion as Vanaprastha), and the passage of souls of the dead into the underworld with Dionysus as their guide.
Nietzsche and the Dionysian: A Compulsion to Ethics
Nightclubs are the fields of Dionysian Elysium in a world of forced marginalisation and oppression.
Gradiva is two things at once: the feminine symbol of Modernist aesthetics with all its implications, and part of the Dionysian ritual as one of the Horae.
The "paleface" disciple of Henry James and the "redskin" reader of Whitman and Ginsberg, as he once phrased itthe music-lover admirer of Mahler and the Jimi Hendrix fan, the tragic lover and the Dionysian devil, the concerned citizen and writer and the anarchistthis duality that he succeeded in maintaining harmoniously in each of his best books also existed in life, and I think that it was the base, not just of the writing, but, more importantly perhaps, of what made this writing possible and nourished it: that is to say his freedom.
Sculptor's other influences emerge from Romanian folk art traceable through Byzantine and Dionysian traditions.
Though the Apollonian has its place in Nietzschean thinking, the Dionysian cannot finally be resisted, and Kornhaber goes on to chart Nietzsche's disillusionment with virtually all aspects of modern theatre in the central section of his study.
In contrast the Dionysian represents music, mysticism, ecstasy, fusion with nature and community, dissolution of boundaries, and it is signified by intoxication.