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Thursday, September 15, 2011

bacchanalia

\bak-uh-NAIL-yuh\ , noun;
1.
(plural, capitalized) The ancient Roman festival in honor of Bacchus, celebrated with dancing, song, and revelry.
2.
A riotous, boisterous, or drunken festivity; a revel.
Quotes:
Alpha Epsilon brothers began their bacchanalia with an off-campus keg party featuring "funneling," in which beer is shot through a rubber hose into the drinker's mouth.
-- Adam Cohen, "Battle of the Binge", Time, September 8, 1997
This is not at all to suggest that the Revolution was a sort of non-stop bacchanalia, but that partial drunkenness was often an important component in a certain type of revolutionary excitability, particularly in meetings or committees.
-- Richard Cobb, The French and Their Revolution
Origin:
Bacchanalia comes from Latin, from Bacchus, god of wine, from Greek Bakkhos. The adjective form is bacchanalian. One who celebrates the Bacchanalia, or indulges in drunken revels, is a bacchanal \BAK-uh-nuhl; bak-uh-NAL\, which is also another term for a drunken or riotous celebration.
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