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[bak-ee] /ˈbæk i/
plural noun, Classical Mythology
the female attendants of Bacchus.
the priestesses of Bacchus.
the women who took part in the Bacchanalia.
Origin of Bacchae
< Latin < Greek Bákkhai, plural of Bákkhē maenad Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • Towards the end of his life he migrated to Macedonia, where he wrote not the least splendid of his plays, the Bacchae.

    Authors of Greece T. W. Lumb
  • The Agamemnon, the Oedipus, the Bacchae are not to be explained wholly by them.

  • We have in the Bacchae—it seems to me impossible to deny it—a heartfelt glorification of "Dionysus."

    Euripedes and His Age Gilbert Murray
  • The story ends with the representation of the “Bacchae,” in Parthia.

  • In the Bacchae almost every reader feels that there is something more than a story.

    Euripedes and His Age Gilbert Murray
  • The head of Pentheus is carried by one of the Bacchae in that drama.

  • Again, such a play would involve a bewildering shift of sympathy, just as the Bacchae does.

    Euripedes and His Age Gilbert Murray
  • There never was a great play so steeped in tradition as the Bacchae.

    Euripedes and His Age Gilbert Murray
  • The beautiful side of this feeling is vividly conspicuous in The Bacchae.

  • We should probably have a result something like the Bacchae.

    Euripedes and His Age Gilbert Murray
British Dictionary definitions for Bacchae


plural noun
the priestesses or female devotees of Bacchus
Word Origin
Latin, from Greek Bakkhai, plural of Bakkhē priestess of Bacchus
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Word Origin and History for Bacchae

"female attendants of Bacchus," from Greek Bakkhai, plural of Bakkhe, from Bakkhos (see Bacchus).

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