bac·​cha·​na·​lia ˌba-kə-ˈnāl-yə How to pronounce bacchanalia (audio)
plural bacchanalia
Bacchanalia plural : a Roman festival of Bacchus celebrated with dancing, song, and revelry
bacchanalian adjective or noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Yet rather than winning over voters, the advertising bacchanalia has largely generated fatigue and annoyance, according to voters interviewed around the state. Joshua Jamerson, WSJ, 6 Nov. 2022 Held against the annual bacchanalia of fried food and giant slides, the event marked the first time Gov. Laura Kelly and GOP nominee Attorney General Derek Schmidt had a chance to personally challenge each other on a wide range of issues. Andrew Bahl And Jason Tidd, USA TODAY, 11 Sep. 2022 At night, the citizens of the quaint community of Victory throw raucous, drunken shindigs that are always one lampshade-hat away from going full suburban bacchanalia. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 5 Sep. 2022 Sun, soca, and lots of rum fuels the weeklong bacchanalia that encourages a kind of joy that’s contagious. Kristin Braswell, Vogue, 17 Aug. 2022 For a half century, musicians and fans from around the cultural spectrum have descended on the Crescent City to pile onto more than a dozen stages for multiple days of unfettered musical bacchanalia. Marco Della Cava, USA TODAY, 5 May 2022 But before the basketball bacchanalia begins, the bracket needs to be set. Chris Morris, Fortune, 13 Mar. 2022 But the burgers from Zack Fernandes, who runs the operation, are a reminder that a burger doesn’t have to be an excessive, beefy bacchanalia to be good. Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, 9 Aug. 2021 For the last 40 years, whenever a Republican is president, conservatives in Congress have happily embarked on a bacchanalia of tax cuts and hikes on defense spending. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 10 Aug. 2021 See More

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Word History


Latin, from Bacchus

First Known Use

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of bacchanalia was in 1591

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“Bacchanalia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

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