Definition of Bacchanalia in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌbakəˈnālyə/

plural noun

[also treated as singular]
1The Roman festival of Bacchus.
Example sentences
  • From Tmolus, the sacred mound, comes the exotic god of Bacchanalia with we disciples gathered round!
  • The Bacchanalia and the Liberalia were related religious festivals in ancient Rome, in honor of Bacchus.
  • In Roman times, a Bacchanalia was basically a very drunken orgy paying homage to the god of wine.
1.1 (bacchanalia) Drunken revelry.
Example sentences
  • The orgies and bacchanalia all exist elsewhere.
  • Inspired by our collective thirst for art and bacchanalia, the first of these parties, ‘Yo, Bum Rush the Show’ was a wild success.
  • I had the intense good fortune - or the abject misfortune, depending on your point of view - to come of age in Manchester in 1988, a time that was bookmarked by the lawless, reckless and thoroughly groovy bacchanalia of acid house.


Late 16th century: from Latin bacchanalia, neuter plural of the adjective bacchanalis (see bacchanal).

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