orgy

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noun or·gy \ˈȯr-jē\

Definition of orgy

plural

orgies

  1. 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

  2. 2a :  drunken revelryb :  a sexual encounter involving many people; also :  an excessive sexual indulgence (see indulgence 4a)

  3. 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

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Origin and Etymology of orgy

Middle French orgie, from Latin orgia, plural, from Greek; akin to Greek ergon work — more at work


ORGY Defined for English Language Learners

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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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