Definition of bacchanal in English:

bacchanal

Line breaks: bac|cha¦nal
Pronunciation: /ˈbakən(ə)l
 
, -nal/
chiefly literary

noun

1A wild and drunken celebration: the debauched and alcoholic president was said to be organizing unceasing bacchanals
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  • Through her eyes we observe the absurdities of co-ed dorms and toilets, drunken frat bacchanals, and violent tailgate parties.
  • Coming from the comparatively sedate Toronto coffeehouse scene, the brothers were dropped into what must have seemed like a bacchanal.
  • The movie tells the story of two middle-aged pals, Miles and Jack, attempting one last bachelor bacchanal before Jack gets married.
2A priest, worshipper, or follower of Bacchus.

adjective

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another term for bacchanalian.
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  • The blogs have been very successful, the surprise being that students' blogs aren't all bacchanal debauchery but have included some intensely personal writing and some well reasoned commentary.
  • What did shock me was that the hip-hop press, perhaps in a guilty, knee-jerk response to the bacchanal hip-hop that essentially gave rise to the genre in the first place, chose to ride along.
  • With the proceeds of a very remunerative silent film in which he choreographed and danced a bacchanal scene, he re-channeled his life into a decade of travel and painting.

Origin

mid 16th century: from Latin bacchanalis, from the name of the god Bacchus.

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eat or drink (something) greedily