[bak-uh-ney-lee-uh, -neyl-yuh]
noun, plural Bacchanalia, Bacchanalias.
(sometimes used with a plural verb) a festival in honor of Bacchus. Compare Dionysia.
(lowercase) a drunken feast; orgy.

1625–35; < Latin equivalent to Bacch(us) + -ān(us) -an + -ālia, neuter plural of -ālis -al1; probably modeled on volcānālia. See Saturnalia

bacchanalian, adjective, noun
bacchanalianism, noun Unabridged
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bacchanalia (ˌbækəˈneɪlɪə)
pl n
1.  (often capital) orgiastic rites associated with Bacchus
2.  any drunken revelry

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"drunken revelry," 1630s, from the name of the Roman festival held in honor of Bacchus, from L. neut. pl. of bacchanalis (see Bacchus). A participant is a Bacchant (1690s), fem. Bacchante, from French. Related: Bacchanalian (adj., 1620s)
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