or·​gi·​as·​tic | \ ˌȯr-jē-ˈa-stik How to pronounce orgiastic (audio) \

Definition of orgiastic

1 : of, relating to, or marked by orgies
2 : characterized by unrestrained emotion : frenzied

Other Words from orgiastic

orgiastically \ ˌȯr-​jē-​ˈa-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce orgiastic (audio) \ adverb

Examples of orgiastic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Vitali also portrayed Red Cloak, the masked leader of the aristocratic, orgiastic cult at the center of the latter film. J. Kim Murphy, Variety, 21 Aug. 2022 The last part of the suite is an orgiastic dance in 5/4 time. Christian Hertzog, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 May 2022 In Onions’ story a fragile, bedridden young woman starts to hear, at first only faintly, the intoxicating sounds of orgiastic, Dionysian revelry. Washington Post, 15 Dec. 2021 Perhaps there’s an intentional element of over-the-top kitsch in the galumphing orgiastic dance that ends Act I, but, if so, James Darrah, who directed the première production, didn’t capitalize on the opportunity. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 9 Aug. 2021 Now, the long-running Covid dramedy appears to be nearing its finale, in the form of an orgiastic flurry of vaccine content. New York Times, 27 Apr. 2021 Anthropology tells us that early agricultural tribes made their women the star actresses in orgiastic fertility rites and that their descendants deified an Earth Mother who was the author of all life. Dorothy Dunbar Bromley, Harper's Magazine, 24 Nov. 2020 From initial claims of fondling and penetration of the preschoolers by Buckey, the accusations mushroomed to accommodate all seven members of the preschool’s staff, engaged in orgiastic activities with their students. Talia Lavin, The New Republic, 29 Sep. 2020 The public faces of the Seven hide orgiastic hedonism, drug addiction, and indiscriminate murder. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, 21 Sep. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of orgiastic

1698, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for orgiastic

Greek orgiastikos, from orgiazein to celebrate orgies, from orgia

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“Orgiastic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2022.

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