bacchanal

noun
bac·cha·nal | \ ˈba-kə-nᵊl , ˈbä- ; ˌba-kə-ˈnal , ˌbä-kə-ˈnäl \

Definition of bacchanal 

(Entry 1 of 2)

2a : a devotee of Bacchus especially : one who celebrates the Bacchanalia

b : reveler

bacchanal

adjective
bac·cha·nal | \ ˈba-kə-nᵊl \

Definition of bacchanal (Entry 2 of 2)

: of, relating to, or suggestive of the Bacchanalia : bacchanalian

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Nor do any of Janowski’s current rivals in this repertory have his knack for clarifying the ripe harmonies and rich scoring of the Venusberg bacchanal, while in no way diminishing the music’s whirling sensuality. John Von Rhein, chicagotribune.com, "Marek Janowski's belated CSO downtown debut sends electric charge through Orchestra Hall," 1 June 2018 The first season of Lifetime’s reality TV satire was a delicious bacchanal of behind-the-scenes machinations, black comedy, and narrative middle fingers to sexist stereotypes. refinery29.com, "Dietland Review: #MeToo Revenge Fantasy Doesn’t Have Nearly Enough Bite," 14 May 2018 Never a company to shy from sensationalism, the distributor emerged as the likely suitor for the director's latest bacchanal that stars Sofia Boutella as a dancer who finds pleasure in a no-rules forest orgy. Thr Staff, The Hollywood Reporter, "What Matters in Hollywood Today," 14 May 2018 What had once been a company dinner turned into a bacchanal of diamonds, furs, jewels and gowns. The Washington Post, OregonLive.com, "The wrong Oscars envelope wasn't the first Academy Awards fiasco - this was," 4 Mar. 2018 What had once been a company dinner turned into a bacchanal of diamonds, furs, jewels and gowns. Petula Dvorak, chicagotribune.com, "The wrong Oscars envelope wasn't the first Academy Awards fiasco - this was," 4 Mar. 2018 What had once been a company dinner turned into a bacchanal of diamonds, furs, jewels and gowns. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "In 1940, The LA Times spoiled the surprise by printing Oscar winners before the show," 4 Mar. 2018 What had once been a company dinner turned into a bacchanal of diamonds, furs, jewels and gowns. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, "The wrong Oscars envelope wasn’t the first Academy Awards fiasco. This was.," 4 Mar. 2018 In the intervening seven decades, the event has developed from a small sports-car show and race into a weeklong car-and-lifestyle bacchanal that blankets the Monterey Peninsula in plumes of blue smoke and champagne spume. Brett Berk, Car and Driver, "Our Entirely Subjective Guide to the Most Important Good-Weather Automotive Events of the Year," 2 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The post-bacchanal creativity extends to the literary scene in Port of Spain. New York Times, "In Post-Carnival Trinidad, the Party Never Really Ends," 22 Feb. 2018 The entire country indulges in a week-long, blossomy bacchanal. Washington Post, "To compete with Japan’s cherry blossom bacchanal, D.C. needs to step up its game. Big time.," 2 Apr. 2018 Heidi Shepherd and Carla Harvey, the front women of the incendiary heavy metal band Butcher Babies, howled about a bacchanal party during their performance Saturday at the Kansas Speedway. Bill Brownlee, kansascity, "Rockfest at the Kansas Speedway draws 30,000 — a big, loud, happy family," 3 June 2018 Participants say the Mad Max, death-race vibe by day is countered by a Burning Man bacchanal at night, fueled by beer but also lots of theatrics. Jason Nark, Philly.com, "Destined for the junkyard, beloved lemons hit the South Jersey track," 11 May 2018 The Art Basel bacchanal returns to Miami Beach this winter, packed with enough fairs, dinners, and late-night revels to exhaust even the most ambitious gallery girl. Emily Cronin, Harper's BAZAAR, "BAZAAR Goes to Art Basel," 26 Nov. 2013 The week started off with a Raf Simons bacchanal complete with Belgian waffles, dark chocolate, and red wine. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "The Biggest News From New York Fashion Week Fall 2018," 16 Feb. 2018 The ceremony had for years been slipping into oblivion thanks to its general attitude of insouciance: In good times, its identity as a bacchanal heavy on substance use but light on substance had been cute fun. Daniel D'addario, Time, "The Golden Globes Finally Had a Point. It Made for a Better Show," 9 Jan. 2018 Video bacchanal Guess how many video journalists are employed at the Washington Post? The Hive, "Hurricane Irma Fuels a Long-Standing Media Rivalry," 11 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of bacchanal

Noun

1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

1550, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bacchanal

Noun

Latin, shrine of Bacchus, probably back-formation from Bacchanalia

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