Share this entry

Share this page

bacchanalian

Syllabification: bac·cha·na·li·an
Pronunciation: /ˌbäkəˈnālēən, ˌbakəˈnālēən
 
 
/

Definition of bacchanalian in English:

adjective

Characterized by or given to drunken revelry; riotously drunken: a bacchanalian orgy
More example sentences
  • Since medieval times their annual fair was famous not only for its heights of bacchanalian revelry but also for the ferocious brawls that would inevitably break out.
  • After one too many bacchanalian orgies, Timon realizes that he's squandered his entire fortune and turns to his many friends for financial support.
  • What, mused Jean-Pierre, had happened to the bacchanalian orgy we feared and hoped for?

Words that rhyme with bacchanalian

alien, Australian, Castalian, Deucalion, episcopalian, Hegelian, madrigalian, mammalian, Pygmalion, Salian, saturnalian, sesquipedalian, tatterdemalion, Thessalian, Westphalian

Definition of bacchanalian in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day tenebrous
Pronunciation: ˈtɛnɪbrəs
adjective
dark; shadowy or obscure