What does the word bacchanalian mean?

Usage examples for bacchanalian

  1. Then, at last, had come the separation, irrevocable and painful; and Jim had flung out into the world, a drunkard, who, sober for a fortnight, or a month, or three months, would afterward go off on a spree, in which he quoted Sappho and Horace in taverns, and sang bacchanalian songs with a voice meant for the stage- a heritage from an ancestor who had sung upon the English stage a hundred years before. – Northern Lights by Gilbert Parker
  2. His dogs thinking him out of the way for a time, discipline instantly relaxed; and they broke into a bacchanalian dance, which brought him to his feet at once; all traces of human weakness gone, as if a bucket of water had passed over him. – Peter and Wendy by James Matthew Barrie
  3. Many of them were crowned with grape leaves, like Bacchanalian dancers, and some of them carried baskets filled with the fruit. – The Motor Maids Across the Continent by Katherine Stokes