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Bacchus Line breaks: Bac|chus
Pronunciation: /ˈbakəs/
Greek Mythology

Definition of Bacchus in English:

Another name for Dionysus.



Pronunciation: /ˈbakɪk/
Example sentences
  • Their research revealed that more than a few Bacchic and Dionysian cults survived the fall of Rome and the Rise of Christianity, and some still exist to this day.
  • A magician with golden hair flowing in ringlets, his face flushed with wine, his eyes lit with the charm of Aphrodite, who entices young girls with his Bacchic mysteries.
  • As in Roman art in general, Bacchic scenes and imagery are very common in these mosaics, raising a key question of evaluation: how much is conventional decorative work, and how much significant in terms of cult?


Latin, from Greek Bakkhos.

Words that rhyme with Bacchus

Caracas, Gracchus

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