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Pronunciation: /ˈɔːdʒi
 
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Definition of orgy in English:

noun (plural orgies)

1A wild party characterized by excessive drinking and indiscriminate sexual activity: he had a reputation for drunken orgies
More example sentences
  • He said people would walk up to random groups having wild orgies, and join in.
  • If you're out of the relationship circle, he can have wild orgies and you don't have much ground to stand on.
  • Most of Jack's team gets whacked during a drunken orgy in a sleazy hotel.
Synonyms
wild party, debauch, carousal, carouse, revel, revelry, bacchanalia, bacchanal, saturnalia, Dionysiacs;
Scottish skite
informal binge, jag, booze-up, bender, spree, drunk, love-in, gang bang
British informal rave-up
North American informal toot
archaic wassail
1.1An instance of excessive indulgence in a specified activity: an orgy of buying
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  • Those responsible went on an orgy of destruction smashing windows and electrical equipment.
  • We indulged in an orgy of girly-style excess including spas, shopping, shows and casinos.
  • We're not going to dwell, we're not going to indulge in an orgy of introspection and outpourings of grief.
Synonyms
2 (orgies) historical Secret rites used in the worship of Bacchus, Dionysus, and other Greek and Roman deities, celebrated with dancing, drunkenness, and singing: Bacchic orgies
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  • Reacting against Bacchanalian rites and orgies, they aimed at purifying the soul.
  • The murals, not badly done, depicted Bacchanalian orgies from various eras of history.
  • The Greeks and Roman orgies are discussed along with the more common, discreet exchange of marital partners.

Origin

early 16th century: originally plural, from French orgies, via Latin from Greek orgia 'secret rites or revels'.

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