Definition of orgy
1 : secret ceremonial rites held in honor of an ancient Greek or Roman deity and usually characterized by ecstatic singing and dancing Roman orgies in honor of Bacchus
2a : drunken revelryb : a sexual encounter involving many people; also : an excessive sexual indulgence (see indulgence 4a)
3 : excessive indulgence (see indulgence 4a) in something especially to satisfy an inordinate appetite or craving an orgy of destruction a national orgy of thrill seeking and risk taking — K. T. Greenfeld
Recent Examples of orgy from the Web
The order was a belated recognition of what had been going on for months: an orgy of looting by the various paramilitary groups that work alongside the Syrian Army, and even by elements of the army itself.
The movie most well-known for its orgy scenes is probably Eyes Wide Shut, the erotic thriller by Stanley Kubrick.
What if Johnny and Suzy were neither kissing nor having an orgy?
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ORGY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of orgy for English Language Learners
: a wild party and especially one in which many people have sex together
: something that is done too much and in a wild way
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