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[bak-uh nt, buh-kant, -kahnt] /ˈbæk ənt, bəˈkænt, -ˈkɑnt/
noun, plural bacchants, bacchantes
[buh-kan-teez, -kahn-] /bəˈkæn tiz, -ˈkɑn-/ (Show IPA)
a priest, priestess, or votary of Bacchus; bacchanal.
a drunken reveler.
inclined to revelry.
Origin of bacchant
First recorded in 1690-1700, bacchant is from the Latin word bacchant- (stem of bacchāns, present participle of bacchārī to revel). See Bacchus, -ant
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bacchantic, adjective Unabridged
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  • Scenes of bacchant excitement and of wildest abandonment may be witnessed here.

    The History of Prostitution William W. Sanger
  • He was in this, just as he was in everything else, a remnant of a past age; he had merely been transformed into a bacchant!

    The Title Market Emily Post
  • But shall I be more like a bacchant holding the thyrsus in my right hand, or in this?

British Dictionary definitions for bacchant


noun (pl) bacchants, bacchantes (bəˈkæntɪz)
a priest or votary of Bacchus
a drunken reveller
Word Origin
C17: from Latin bacchāns, from bacchārī to celebrate the bacchanalia
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