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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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Perhaps the prize for the season's most unexpected highlight, however, is a pair of muscular nude bacchants riding panthers--a reduced version of the enigmatic but spectacular bronzes, formerly in the Rothschild collection, that have been attributed to everyone from Sansovino to Tetrode and, most recently, Michelangelo.
Fernando does, finally, escape, and his subsequent encounters--a sexual idyll with a boyish deaf-mute shepherd called Jesus, which ends in bloodshed; a nocturnal brush with crazily costumed caretos, male bacchants from an ancient Celtic cult, one of whom accidentally pisses on the hidden ornithologist; and a confrontation with a group of bare-breasted Valkyries on horseback--transform him into a new, perhaps holy, man as he finds his true path.
Giraudet plausibly supposes that Nonnus' attribution of a desire to protect the Bacchants' virginity to the snakes of the Bacchants (Dion.
The passage from Metamorphoses tells how King Pentheus sought to rid his kingdom of worshipers of Bacchus, and is torn limb from limb and his head torn off by Bacchants, including his mother and sisters in a divinely-induced trance.
Dionysius disguises himself as a stranger and brings along a band of bacchants, freedom-loving women, who help Dionysius lure the crafty Theban king to his end.
Flanked by figures of Bacchants, the image of Bacchus towered over the ephemeral fountain, which spouted not only red and white wine but also water which was apparently intended to sober up the people who had been drinking excessively.
II (Manchester: Manchester University Press 1921), 241, the adjectives pofiipav ('of fear') and ftccvixtfv ('[of] frenzy'), which are attributed to [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] ('internal motion') (791 A), correlate to the sleeplessness of the infants and to the Bacchic frenzy: 'The children it puts to sleep; the Bacchants, who are awake, it brings into a sound state of mind instead of a frenzied condition ([TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], 791 A7-791 B2).
In a move reminiscent of the Bacchants descending on Pentheus, the villagers emerge from the alleys like scavengers circling for carrion.
Thus, reading Euripides' Bacchants after Donna Tartt's The secret history, for instance, the reader will find it difficult not to associate the Theban sparagmos scene with a manslaughter committed by misguided college students on a cold New Hampshire night.
Verrall, "The Bacchants of Euripides," in "The Bacchants of Euripides" and Other Essays (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1910), 1-160.
Men dressed as satyrs and silens, while women took on the roles of Nikes and bacchantes. Following the priests and priestesses who trailed behind an enormous statue of Dionysos were "Macedonian bacchants, the so-called 'Mimallones,' and 'Bassarae' and 'Lydian women,' with hair streaming down and crowned with wreaths, some of snakes, others of smilax and vine-leaves and ivy; in their hands some held daggers, others snakes." (43) The procession celebrates role-playing on a grand scale through ornate costumes and attributes.
Not only does the name Preta ("black" in Portuguese) suggest the racial focus apparent in the title of Camus's film, but the theme of dismemberment also alludes to Orpheus's death at the hands of the Bacchants, who, according to one version of the myth, rip him into pieces.