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[dahy-uh-nish-ee-uh, -nis-] /ˌdaɪ əˈnɪʃ i ə, -ˈnɪs-/
plural noun
the orgiastic and dramatic festivals held periodically in honor of Dionysus, especially those in Attica, from which Greek comedy and tragedy developed.
Origin of Dionysia
1890-95; < Latin < Greek Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • But Dionysia had sworn to herself, as she came, that nothing should turn her aside from her purpose.

  • She had to remain in the form of a sea serpent because of Dionysia's neglect.

    Fairy Tales from Brazil Elsie Spicer Eells
  • The eager zeal of the woman had, at least, this advantage,—that it prevented Dionysia from giving way to her painful thoughts.

  • Compare the procession in the Panathena and Dionysia, supra, p. 248.

    Tradition John Francis Arundell
  • So your aunt was to have lived here—the divine, the fascinating Dionysia, as I remember her years ago.

    In the Roar of the Sea Sabine Baring-Gould
  • A sob, which Dionysia could not suppress, made Blangin start.

  • Dionysia sailed and sailed in the little ship and at last it bore her to a lovely island.

    Fairy Tales from Brazil Elsie Spicer Eells
  • It was then that the jailer had handed him the prisoner's letter for Dionysia.

  • What can have happened to Dionysia, that she does not come back?

  • If he is so dear to you, how could you dare read the letter he had written to Dionysia?

British Dictionary definitions for Dionysia


plural noun
(in ancient Greece) festivals of the god Dionysus: a source of Athenian drama
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