orgy

orgy

[awr-jee]
noun, plural orgies.
1.
wild, drunken or licentious festivity or revelry.
2.
any actions or proceedings marked by unbridled indulgence of passions: an orgy of killing.
3.
orgies, (in ancient Greece) esoteric religious rituals, especially in the worship of Demeter or Dionysus, characterized in later times by wild dancing, singing, and drinking.
4.
Informal. a boisterous, rowdy party.

Origin:
1580–90; < Middle French orgie < Latin orgia (neuter plural) secret rites < Greek órgia, akin to érgon work

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orgy (ˈɔːdʒɪ)
 
n , pl -gies
1.  a wild gathering marked by promiscuous sexual activity, excessive drinking, etc
2.  an act of immoderate or frenzied indulgence
3.  (often plural) secret religious rites of Dionysus, Bacchus, etc, marked by drinking, dancing, and songs
 
[C16: from French orgies, from Latin orgia, from Greek: nocturnal festival]
 
orgi'astic
 
adj

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orgy
1561, orgies (pl.) "secret rites in the worship of certain Gk. and Roman gods," especially Dionysus, from M.Fr. orgies (c.1500), from L. orgia, from Gk. orgia (pl.) "secret rites," from PIE base *werg- "to work" (see urge (v.)). The singular, orgy, was first used in Eng. 1665
for the extended sense of "any licentious revelry." OED says of the ancient rites that they were "celebrated with extravagant dancing, singing, drinking, etc.," which gives "etc." quite a workout.
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