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[bak-ee] /ˈbæk i/
plural noun, Classical Mythology.
the female attendants of Bacchus.
the priestesses of Bacchus.
the women who took part in the Bacchanalia.
Origin of Bacchae
< Latin < Greek Bákkhai, plural of Bákkhē maenad Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for Bacchae
Historical Examples
  • The Agamemnon, the Oedipus, the Bacchae are not to be explained wholly by them.

  • The story ends with the representation of the “Bacchae,” in Parthia.

  • The head of Pentheus is carried by one of the Bacchae in that drama.

  • There never was a great play so steeped in tradition as the Bacchae.

    Euripedes and His Age

    Gilbert Murray
  • We should probably have a result something like the Bacchae.

    Euripedes and His Age

    Gilbert Murray
  • I am not attempting to expound the whole meaning of the Bacchae.

    Euripedes and His Age

    Gilbert Murray
  • The beautiful side of this feeling is vividly conspicuous in The Bacchae.

  • The Bacchae was composed in Macedonia; it contains all the mystery of the supernatural.

    Authors of Greece T. W. Lumb
  • He had lost the sense of what the Chorus was in the hands of the great masters, say in the Bacchae or the Eumenides.

    The Poetics Aristotle
  • Again, such a play would involve a bewildering shift of sympathy, just as the Bacchae does.

    Euripedes and His Age

    Gilbert Murray
British Dictionary definitions for Bacchae


plural noun
the priestesses or female devotees of Bacchus
Word Origin
Latin, from Greek Bakkhai, plural of Bakkhē priestess of Bacchus
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Word Origin and History for Bacchae

"female attendants of Bacchus," from Greek Bakkhai, plural of Bakkhe, from Bakkhos (see Bacchus).

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