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Bacchanalia

[bak-uh-ney-lee-uh, -neyl-yuh] /ˌbæk əˈneɪ li ə, -ˈneɪl yə/
noun, plural Bacchanalia, Bacchanalias.
1.
(sometimes used with a plural verb) a festival in honor of Bacchus.
Compare Dionysia.
2.
(lowercase) a drunken feast; orgy.
Origin
1625-1635
1625-35; < Latin equivalent to Bacch(us) + -ān(us) -an + -ālia, neuter plural of -ālis -al1; probably modeled on volcānālia. See Saturnalia
Related forms
bacchanalian, adjective, noun
bacchanalianism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for Bacchanalia

bacchanalia

/ˌbækəˈneɪlɪə/
plural noun
1.
(often capital) orgiastic rites associated with Bacchus
2.
any drunken revelry
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Word Origin and History for Bacchanalia

bacchanalia

n.

"drunken revelry," 1630s, from the name of the Roman festival held in honor of Bacchus, from neuter plural of Latin bacchanalis (see bacchanal). A participant is a Bacchant (1690s), fem. Bacchante, from French. The plural of both is Bacchantes.

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