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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.
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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]
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(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.
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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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References in classic literature ?
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.
"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.
Boldini's art has long been reviled by many, the 'fireworks displays' of his paintings described as 'glorified fashion plates'; one critic even described the painter's sitters as bacchantes or vampires.
"Raving" is applied to the Bacchantes or Maenads, whose name means "raving ones." Procne first appears in Ovid's tale dressed as the Bacchantes' queen, "in all the dress / of frenzy," spear over her shoulder, draped in vines and deer hide.
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Pan might dip his head so deep in, That his ears alone pricked out, Fauns around him, pressing, leaping, Each one pointing to his throat: While the Naiads, like Bacchantes, Wild, with urns thrown out to waste, Cry,--'O earth, that thou wouldst grant us Springs to keep, of such a taste!' (11.
She had, in dialogue with her Werkstatte female colleagues, created the unique heads since 1919, typically in the guise of mythological nymphs, bacchantes, and goddesses.
A blasted tree, evocative of Pentheus's bloody death at the hands of the Bacchantes, anchors the space, illuminated by the flicker of light on strings of glass beads.