orgiastic

adjective
or·gi·as·tic | \ ˌȯr-jē-ˈa-stik \

Definition of orgiastic 

1 : of, relating to, or marked by orgies

2 : characterized by unrestrained emotion : frenzied

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orgiastically \ˌȯr-jē-ˈa-sti-k(ə-)lē \ adverb

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Particularly striking is the third movement, packed with eerie string glissandos that set off the orgiastic climaxes that follow. John Von Rhein, chicagotribune.com, "Riccardo Muti and Yo-Yo Ma turn up the heat in an all-Russian program," 15 June 2018 The Hairpin, a feminist blog, first highlighted stock photos featuring women in near-orgiastic delight over bowls of raw veggies back in 2011. Kerry Reid, chicagotribune.com, "In 'Women Laughing Alone with Salad,' a playwright hilariously slices and dices questions of sex, advertising and body image," 22 Mar. 2018 This might then leave us with the impression of Levine as overly cautious in some ways but in others, particularly when his conducting was unflinchingly introspective or orgiastic, altogether incautious. Mark Swed, latimes.com, "On the Met's James Levine, and the age-old debate of separating the art from the artist," 21 Dec. 2017 The movie is as remarkable for its mise-en-scène as for its druggie, orgiastic content. J. Hoberman, New York Times, "Tangled Bodies and Blown Minds, Complete With the Cockettes," 13 Sep. 2017 And as Lloyd points out, the orgiastic bits — which are so intoxicating live — can seem crude. Geoff Dyer, New York Times, "My Obsession With the Necks, the Greatest Trio on Earth," 4 Oct. 2017 While much of the United States observes, nonplussed, denizens of Washington lose themselves to three days of orgiastic celebration. T.a. Frank, The Hive, "Dear Lord, What Is John Kasich Doing?," 1 Sep. 2017 The Canaanites, with their orgiastic nature-worship . . Benjamin Balint, WSJ, "In Search of the Origin of the Jews," 10 July 2017 The orgiastic glee with which protesters tore down, then beat up, a century-old monument to a generic Confederate soldier in Durham, N.C., this week was alarming. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Destroying Symbols: Where Does It End?," 15 Aug. 2017

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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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