Part of speech: noun

A votary of Bacchus; a drunken reveler. bacchant; bacchante.

Part of speech: noun

Drunken revelries; orgies.

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Usage examples "bacchanal":

  1. Moreover, he drew for him a Ganymede carried up to heaven by Jove's eagle, a Tityos with the vulture feeding on his heart, the fall of Phaeton with the sun's chariot into the river Po, and a Bacchanal of children; all of them things of the rarest quality, and drawings the like of which were never seen. - "The Life of Michelangelo Buonarroti", John Addington Symonds.
  2. This bacchanal is 4 feet 8 inches high, and 3 feet 1 inch wide. - "Lectures on the true, the beautiful and the good", Victor Cousin.
  3. What had been a joyous bacchanal had degenerated into a horrid saturnalia. - "The Whirligig of Time", Wayland Wells Williams.