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orgiastic

[awr-jee-as-tik] /ˌɔr dʒiˈæs tɪk/
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, or having the nature of an orgy.
2.
tending to arouse or excite unrestrained emotion:
orgiastic rhythms.
3.
Sociology. (of an expressive crowd) reaching a peak of emotional intensity, often of an ecstatic nature and frequently expressed by uninhibited behavior.
Origin
1690-1700
1690-1700; < Greek orgiastikós, derivative (with -tikos -tic) of orgiázein to celebrate orgies (derivative of órgia secret rites; see orgy)
Synonyms
1. wanton, licentious, debauched, riotous.
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Examples for orgiastic
  • An orgiastic ballet suggests the revelry that continues throughout the night.
Word Origin and History for orgiastic
orgiastic
1698, from Gk. orgiastikos, from orgiastes "one who celebrates orgies," from orgiazein "to celebrate orgies," from orgia (see orgy).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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