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 (bə-kănt′, -känt′, băk′ənt)
n. pl. bac·chants or bac·chan·tes (bə-kăn′tēz, -kän′-, -kănts′, -känts′)
1. Greek & Roman Mythology A priest or votary of Bacchus.
2. A boisterous reveler.

[Latin bacchāns, bacchant-, present participle of bacchārī, to celebrate the festival of Bacchus, from Bacchus, Bacchus; see Bacchus.]

bac·chan·tic (-kăn′tĭk) adj.


n, pl bacchants or bacchantes (bəˈkæntɪz)
1. (Classical Myth & Legend) a priest or votary of Bacchus
2. a drunken reveller
[C17: from Latin bacchāns, from bacchārī to celebrate the bacchanalia]


(ˈbæk ənt, bəˈkænt, -ˈkɑnt)

n., pl. bac•chants, bac•chan•tes (bəˈkæn tiz, -ˈkɑn-)

adj. n.
1. a votary of Bacchus.
2. a drunken reveler.
3. inclined to revelry.
[1690–1700; < Latin; see Bacchus]
bac•chan′tic, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bacchant - someone who engages in drinking boutsbacchant - someone who engages in drinking bouts
imbiber, juicer, toper, drinker - a person who drinks alcoholic beverages (especially to excess)
2.bacchant - a drunken revellerbacchant - a drunken reveller; a devotee of Bacchus
buff, devotee, lover, fan - an ardent follower and admirer
3.bacchant - (classical mythology) a priest or votary of Bacchus
Greek mythology - the mythology of the ancient Greeks
Roman mythology - the mythology of the ancient Romans
votary - a priest or priestess (or consecrated worshipper) in a non-Christian religion or cult; "a votary of Aphrodite"
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(71) No less revealing is the painted Bacchant who, "in her love for Dionysus, imagines him and pictures him and sees him though he is not present" ([TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], 2.17.9).
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