bac·​chant | \ bə-ˈkant How to pronounce bacchant (audio) , -ˈkänt; ˈba-kənt, ˈbä- How to pronounce bacchant (audio) \
plural bacchants or bacchantes\ bə-​ˈkants How to pronounce bacchantes (audio) , -​ˈkänts , -​ˈkan-​tēz , -​ˈkän-​tēz \

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bacchant adjective

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Recent Examples on the Web The lesbians became the bacchants of Euripides, killing him in a festive manner. Andrew Martin, The New York Review of Books, "Getting Away With It," 13 May 2020

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First Known Use of bacchant

1699, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bacchant

Latin bacchant-, bacchans, from present participle of bacchari to take part in the orgies of Bacchus

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“Bacchant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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