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Bacchanal \Bac"cha*nal\, a. [L. Bacchanalis. See Bacchanalia.]

  1. Relating to Bacchus or his festival.

  2. Engaged in drunken revels; drunken and riotous or noisy.


Bacchanal \Bac"cha*nal\ (b[a^]k"k[.a]*nal), n.

  1. A devotee of Bacchus; one who indulges in drunken revels; one who is noisy and riotous when intoxicated; a carouser. ``Tipsy bacchanals.''

  2. pl. The festival of Bacchus; the bacchanalia.

  3. Drunken revelry; an orgy.

  4. A song or a dance in honor of Bacchus. [1913 Webster] ||

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1530s (n.); 1540s (adj.), from Latin bacchanalis "having to do with Bacchus" (see Bacchus). Meaning "riotous, drunken roistering; orgy" is from 1711.


a. (alternative form of bacchanal English)


adj : used of riotously drunken merrymaking; "a night of bacchanalian revelry"; "carousing bands of drunken soldiers"; "orgiastic festivity" [syn: bacchanalian, bacchic, carousing, orgiastic]

  1. n: someone who engages in drinking bouts [syn: drunken reveler, drunken reveller, bacchant]

  2. a drunken reveller; a devotee of Bacchus [syn: bacchant]

  3. a wild gathering involving excessive drinking and promiscuity [syn: orgy, debauch, debauchery, saturnalia, riot, bacchanalia, drunken revelry]

Bacchanal (album)

Bacchanal is a 1968 album by Gábor Szabó, released on the label he founded with Cal Tjader and Gary McFarland, Skye Records

Bacchanal (horse)

Bacchanal (4 March 1994 – 25 January 2003) was an Irish-bred, British-trained Thoroughbred racehorse who competed in National Hunt racing. He was lightly-raced, winning ten of his twenty races between January 1999 and January 2003. As a novice hurdler he won two of his four races and in the following season he won the Gerry Feilden Hurdle before recording his biggest win in the Stayers' Hurdle. He later developed into a top class steeplechaser, winning the Feltham Novices' Chase, Reynoldstown Novices' Chase and Aon Chase and twice finishing third in the King George VI Chase. He returned to hurdles to win the Long Distance Hurdle in 2002, but was killed in a fall at Cheltenham in January 2003.

Usage examples of "bacchanal".

Along the shore in a never-broken line, the hand, the wooden stylus of this man bent down in fever and raining perspiration, scribbled, ribboned, looped around over and up, across, in, out, stitched, whispered, stayed, then hurried on as if this travelling bacchanal must flourish to its end before the sun was put out by the sea.

The atmosphere, impregnated with Russian tobacco and the bluish vapor which filled the room, revealed in what manner the betrayed lover had diverted his impatience, and in the centre of the writing-table a cup with a bacchanal painted in red on a black ground, of which Julien was very proud, contained the remains of about thirty cigarettes, thrown aside almost as soon as lighted.

Even that wild, defiant period of half-forced gaiety, which had ended in my toboggan accident, then seemed in my memory to be beautiful and colored in a paradisiacal way, like a lost land of pleasure, the echo of which still came across to me with bacchanal intoxication from the distance.

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Quintus had left him for adventures in the vineyards, but some nagging shred of conscience told Sabinus that he should remain an observer at the bacchanal, not a participant.

Inside, the bacchanal had moderated somewhat, and couples were returning to the tables.

The gods are unaware, in the midst of their bacchanal, that Doom is about to descend.

I might grieve if I wished - surely grief was in the order of these new emotions, euphoria and dread, a bacchanal needing no wine - but not here.

But the lofty buildings seemed to cast a black shadow on his mind, and the roar and rush of the tremendous tide of traffic through that deep canon set his thoughts to whirling like drink-maddened bacchanals dancing round a punch-bowl.

Glaucus was evidently drunk--nay, so much so as to have been quite insensible when taken up, and I hear is still delirious--whether with wine, terror, remorse, the Furies, or the Bacchanals, I cannot say.

But the reality of the situation was that while Colonel Galpa had once exulted in his good fortune and availed himself of every pleasurable opportunity, he had come to the conclusion that there was something ghoulish about these quasi-ritualistic bacchanals inspired by the deaths of three men whose faces he had never seen.

In his frenzied strains I could almost see shadowy satyrs and bacchanals dancing and whirling insanely through seething abysses of clouds and smoke and lightning.

Bacchanal threads astray from a disorderly front-lock of rich brown hair were alive over an eyebrow showing like a seal upon the lightest and securest of slumbers.

Thus the Bacchanalia are celebrated with the utmost insanity, with respect to which Varro himself confesses that such things would not be done by the Bacchanals except their minds were highly excited.