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Bacchus

[bak-uh s] /ˈbæk əs/
noun, Classical Mythology.
1.
the god of wine; Dionysus.
Origin of Bacchus
< Latin < Greek Bákkhos
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  • Then the wonderful Bacchus told Midas he might have anything he should wish for as a reward.

    Classic Myths Mary Catherine Judd
  • The bell, he said, was used in Greece by the Priests of Bacchus in the worship of the vine.

    Bride of the Mistletoe James Lane Allen
  • Why is it that Bacchus is always a stripling, and bushy-haired?

    The Praise of Folly Desiderius Erasmus
  • Sergius and Bacchus, and if this were all he did the matter would be clear.

    Byzantine Churches in Constantinople Alexander Van Millingen
  • I know not who may be your alma mater, but undoubtedly Bacchus is your liber pater.

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  • Miss Bacchus said, "I don't believe a word of it;" but he seemed not to hear her.

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  • They were sometimes celebrated in honor of Jupiter, sometimes of Bacchus, and sometimes of Ceres.

    Mysticism and its Results John Delafield
  • They had also symbols, chiefly relating to Bacchus, who was the hero of these mysteries.

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British Dictionary definitions for Bacchus

Bacchus

/ˈbækəs/
noun
1.
(in ancient Greece and Rome) a god of wine and giver of ecstasy, identified with Dionysus
Word Origin
C15: from Latin, from Greek Bakkhos; related to Latin bāca small round fruit, berry
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Word Origin and History for Bacchus

Greek god of wine and revelry, late 15c., from Latin Bacchus, from Greek Bakkhos, perhaps related to Latin bacca "berry, olive-berry, bead, pearl." Perhaps originally a Thracian fertility god.

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Bacchus in Culture
Bacchus [(bak-uhs)]

The Greek and Roman god of wine and revelry. He is also known by the Greek name Dionysus.

Note: In painting, Bacchus is often depicted eating a bunch of grapes and surrounded by satyrs.
Note: A “bacchanalian” party or feast is marked by unrestrained drunkenness. The name recalls a Roman festival called Bacchanalia.
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