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[awr-jee-as-tik] /ˌɔr dʒiˈæs tɪk/
of, relating to, or having the nature of an orgy.
tending to arouse or excite unrestrained emotion:
orgiastic rhythms.
Sociology. (of an expressive crowd) reaching a peak of emotional intensity, often of an ecstatic nature and frequently expressed by uninhibited behavior.
Origin of orgiastic
1690-1700; < Greek orgiastikós, derivative (with -tikos -tic) of orgiázein to celebrate orgies (derivative of órgia secret rites; see orgy)
1. wanton, licentious, debauched, riotous. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Hence among primitive peoples New Year is often characterised by orgiastic rites.

  • Beginning with the two "calves," they proceeded to lewd and orgiastic idolatries.

    The Expositor's Bible F. W. Farrar
  • But it had one curious feature which seemed rather to be primitive and orgiastic.

    Appearances Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson
  • Even the Dry-towners shunned the orgiastic rituals of Kamaina.

    The Door Through Space Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • The fact that the rites were called Dionysiac is no reason for denying the fact that some orgiastic rites were practised.

  • The worship of the gods assumed a more terrific and orgiastic character.

    India, Old and New Sir Valentine Chirol
  • All was confusion, all a kind of wild and orgiastic dream, culmination of heredity, of a spirit run amok.

    Cursed George Allan England
  • They show no cannibalism, probably no totemism, certainly no orgiastic excesses.

Word Origin and History for orgiastic

1690s, from Greek orgiastikos "fit for orgies, exciting," 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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