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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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Adj.1.bacchantic - of or relating to or resembling a bacchanalian reveler
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