bac·​cha·​na·​lia | \ ˌba-kə-ˈnāl-yə How to pronounce bacchanalia (audio) , ˌbä- \
plural bacchanalia

Definition of bacchanalia

1 Bacchanalia plural : a Roman festival of Bacchus celebrated with dancing, song, and revelry

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Other Words from bacchanalia

bacchanalian \ ˌba-​kə-​ˈnāl-​yən How to pronounce bacchanalia (audio) , ˌbä-​ \ adjective or noun

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Recent Examples on the Web Kandi Burruss: Despite being pivotal to arranging the bacchanalia in South Carolina, Kandi spent most of the season riding the fence and popping in between bookings to eat other people’s food (or lack thereof). Shamira Ibrahim, Vulture, "The Real Housewives of Atlanta," 18 Apr. 2021 While Roth presided over bacchanalia in the wings, Mr. Van Halen preferred a more private kind of debauchery, retiring alone to his hotel room to snort cocaine, drink vodka and write songs on his guitar. Washington Post, "Eddie Van Halen, guitar virtuoso with a shimmering sound, dies at 65," 6 Oct. 2020 But for many in Sturgis, a city of about 7,000, the brimming bars and bacchanalia will not be welcome during a pandemic. Stephen Groves, Star Tribune, "Annual Sturgis rally expecting 250K, stirring virus concerns," 2 Aug. 2020 Except for the politicians and the artists, the participants in that extended bacchanalia are forgotten today, and De Courcy is generally unsuccessful in bringing them back to life. Reagan Upshaw, Washington Post, "A look back at the elegant highs and the wartime lows of the French Riviera," 5 Feb. 2020 That includes a more intimate, black-tie style gala (both Friday nights) and the bacchanalia that draws thousands (Saturdays). Steve Byrne,, "Theatre Bizarre: 20 reasons to love Detroit's artsy masquerade party," 18 Oct. 2019 And while those bacchanalia were underway, Jesse Hawkins, founder of The Mocktail Project, was mixing up mocktails—a popular term for nonalcoholic cocktails—just a few blocks away off Bourbon Street. Emily Price, Fortune, "At Cocktails’ Biggest Conference, the Discussion Turns to Not Drinking," 3 Aug. 2019 And the move to ban outside alcohol has also been credited with taming the debauchery of the infield, as the jockey club has since emphasized music over bacchanalia. Christina Tkacik,, "Preakness 2018 attendees face stricter regulations on outside food, drink," 18 May 2018 One of Tape One would start slow and mellow — guest-arrival music — then build in tempo and intensity until somewhere around Tape Three the bacchanalia soundtrack kicked in. Washington Post, "Party like it’s 1989: What should you do with all those old cassette mix tapes?," 25 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of bacchanalia

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bacchanalia

Latin, from Bacchus

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23 Apr 2021

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“Bacchanalia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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