Definition of Dionysian in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌdīəˈnisēən/
/ˌdīəˈnēzēən/ /ˌdīəˈniZHən/ /ˌdīəˈniSHən/
(also Dionysiac /-ˈnisēˌak/ /-ˈnīsē-/)


1 Greek Mythology Relating to the god Dionysus.
Example sentences
  • This does not necessarily mean that Euripides was an initiate of Dionysian mysteries, or that his portrayal of the god's worshippers (the Maenads) is a honest one.
  • The tribes also passed honorary decrees, awarded honorific crowns, and sponsored dinners for all members at the time of the Dionysiac and Panathenaic festivals.
  • These are found in a number of myths, notably that of Endymion, and on Dionysiac sarcophagi, where personifications of the seasons often also appear.
2Relating to the sensual, spontaneous, and emotional aspects of human nature: dark, grand Dionysian music Compare with Apollonian.
More example sentences
  • His self-induced guilt of survival suppresses his innate Dionysian need for emotional connection.
  • The stock market again shook off its moral stigma, its Dionysian aspects resurfaced and speculating on margin became as sexy as wearing short skirts and drinking bathtub gin.
  • The Dionysian aspect of the aesthetic experience allows psychic energy that is normally barred from escape to flow out and include the object of perception.
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