bacchanalia

noun
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 bacchanalian (audio) , ˌbä-​ \ adjective or noun

Examples of bacchanalia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, Freep.com, "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, baltimoresun.com, "Preakness 2018 attendees face stricter regulations on outside food, drink," 18 May 2018 Their bacchanalia of a playoff series begins with Game 1 tonight. Matt Murray, WSJ, "The 10-Point.," 14 May 2018 Some billionaires find Vegas irresistible for its bacchanalia, but Steyer was drinking seltzer with cranberry juice, light on the juice. Max Abelson, Bloomberg.com, "Call Him Mr. Impeachment: Tom Steyer’s War Against Donald Trump," 25 Apr. 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 Another theory suggested that playing drums in the streets in the night — especially during the bacchanalia of Carnival season, when drum groups perform most intensely — is too time-consuming and dangerous for women, who should instead stay home. New York Times, "They Told the Women in Bahia They Couldn’t Drum. Try Telling That to Banda Didá.," 30 Jan. 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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16 Feb 2020

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“Bacchanalia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bacchanalian. Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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