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maenad

[mee-nad] /ˈmi næd/
noun
1.
2.
a frenzied or raging woman.
Origin
1570-1580
1570-80; < Latin Maenad- (stem of Maenas) < Greek Mainás a bacchante, special use of mainás madwoman
Related forms
maenadic, adjective
maenadism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for maenadic

maenad

/ˈmiːnæd/
noun
1.
(classical myth) a woman participant in the orgiastic rites of Dionysus; bacchante
2.
a frenzied woman
Derived Forms
maenadic, adjective
maenadically, adverb
maenadism, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin Maenas, from Greek mainas madwoman
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Word Origin and History for maenadic

maenad

n.

"Bacchante," 1570s, from Greek mainas (genitive mainados) "priestess of Bacchus," literally "madwoman," from stem of mainesthai "to rage, go mad" (see mania).

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