or·​gi·​as·​tic ˌȯr-jē-ˈa-stik How to pronounce orgiastic (audio)
: of, relating to, or marked by orgies
: characterized by unrestrained emotion : frenzied
orgiastically adverb

Examples of orgiastic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the conduct of the war also has an orgiastic quality. Seyward Darby, Longreads, 8 Feb. 2024 Additionally, while howling at the moon last Thursday in an orgiastic frenzy, I was struck with an epiphany. Josh Gondelman, The New Yorker, 27 Aug. 2023 Conflicts among actors, scientists, and oligarchs become orgiastic, exorcised by prayer vigils that can be responded to only with awe. Armond White, National Review, 25 Aug. 2023 There’s even an orgiastic bacchanal and a dramatic courtroom finale. Michael Dirda, Washington Post, 24 Aug. 2023 Because his films have dealt with homosexuality, lesbianism, rape, violence, nudity, and drugs, it is often supposed that the private life of Andy Warhol, a bachelor, is one of prolonged orgiastic license. Stephen Birmingham, Town & Country, 10 Aug. 2023 In the editing suite, King played another scene from Episode 3, in which Carrie returns home after an orgiastic round of shoe shopping. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, 19 June 2023 Just as Pollock’s drip paintings are material evidence of a Dionysian dance around a canvas spread on the floor, Twombly’s paintings can look like the aftermath of an orgiastic frenzy. Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, 14 Jan. 2023 The hotel is outrageously fabulous, decorated in flamboyant 1920s style, with an orgiastic bar mural and themed floors ranging from The Starlets to The Drama. Sophie Dodd, Travel + Leisure, 12 Apr. 2023

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Word History


Greek orgiastikos, from orgiazein to celebrate orgies, from orgia

First Known Use

1698, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of orgiastic was in 1698

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“Orgiastic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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