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 (bə-kăn′tē, -kän′-, -kănt′, -känt′)
n. Greek & Roman Mythology
A priestess or female votary of Bacchus.

[French, from Latin bacchāns, bacchant-; see bacchant.]


n, pl bacchantes (bəˈkæntɪz)
1. (Classical Myth & Legend) a priestess or female votary of Bacchus
2. a drunken female reveller


(bəˈkæn ti, -ˈkɑn-, bəˈkænt, -ˈkɑnt)

a female bacchant.
[1790–1800; < French bacchante, feminine of bacchant bacchant]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bacchante - (classical mythology) a priestess or votary of Bacchusbacchante - (classical mythology) a priestess 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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In truth," said Gringoire to himself, "she is a salamander, she is a nymph, she is a goddess, she is a bacchante of the Menelean Mount
The praise of folly, as he went on, soared into a philosophy, and philosophy herself became young, and catching the mad music of pleasure, wearing, one might fancy, her wine-stained robe and wreath of ivy, danced like a Bacchante over the hills of life, and mocked the slow Silenus for being sober.
It contained one of the precious stockings; and half opening it, I revealed to Sylvia's astonished eyes the cunning little frieze of Bacchus and Ariadne, followed by a troop of Satyrs and Bacchantes, which the artist had designed to encircle one of the white columns of that little marble temple which sat before me.
Swinburne's muse is here no longer the wild bacchante of earlier days; she treads a statelier measure, clothed to the point of decency, if not precisely in her right mind.
An undated sketch, but perhaps drawn in November, is entitled 'The Bacchante tolls the knell of passing day.
The boat was sighted aboard the British naval ship HMS Bacchante in 1881 by crew, including the Prince of Wales, later King George V.
After failing to do so, his body is ripped to shreds by the Bacchante, leaving only Orpheus's immortal head.
Precisely because the typical "proper woman" of the early nineteenth century was characterized by asexuality, purity, sobriety, and self-effacement, when a woman became a drinker, she was perceived as a mad and dangerous Bacchante.
Robert Carter stood out with an accomplished performance, dancing the part of Bacchante with ease.
Then Thomas set that large musical box to playing and then Cornelia put a light into an immense and superb alabaster vase nearly three feet high with the head of a Bacchante sculptured upon it.
In his new memoir Role Models (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), a hilarious tribute to a select roster of his quirky heroes--from crooner Johnny Mathis to ex-Manson family bacchante Leslie Van Houten--Waters sounds a bit like a queer George Carlin chilling out over a dry martini.
infatuated Indian warrior, Morrheus, dreams of the elusive Bacchante,