maenad

maenad

[mee-nad]
noun
2.
a frenzied or raging woman.

Origin:
1570–80; < Latin Maenad- (stem of Maenas) < Greek Mainás a bacchante, special use of mainás madwoman

maenadic, adjective
maenadism, noun
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maenad or menad (ˈmiːnæd)
 
n
1.  classical myth a woman participant in the orgiastic rites of Dionysus; bacchante
2.  a frenzied woman
 
[C16: from Latin Maenas, from Greek mainas madwoman]
 
menad or menad
 
n
 
[C16: from Latin Maenas, from Greek mainas madwoman]
 
mae'nadic or menad
 
adj
 
mae'nadically or menad
 
adv
 
'maenadism or menad
 
n

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maenad
1579, from Gk. mainas (gen. mainados) "priestess of Bacchus," lit. "madwoman," from stem of mainesthai "to rage, go mad" (see mania).
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