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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.]


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]


(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]
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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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.
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Marlborough is now set to go for the Jim Ford Chase at Wincanton on February 21 leaving the same trainer's Pertemps King George VI Chase third Bacchanal as likely favourite for Saturday's Aon Chase at Newbury, a card which also features the Tote Gold Trophy, a competitive handicap hurdle dominated in recent seasons by Henderson's runners.
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