bac·​cha·​nale | \ " \
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Definition of bacchanale

: a ballet whose dances are marked by voluptuousness or pagan abandon

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First Known Use of bacchanale

1916, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bacchanale

French, back-formation from bacchanales bacchanalia, from Latin bacchanalia

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“Bacchanale.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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