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Dionysus

or Dionysos

[dahy-uh-nahy-suh s] /ˌdaɪ əˈnaɪ səs/
noun, Classical Mythology.
1.
the god of fertility, wine, and drama; Bacchus.
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  • This festival, in honour of Dionysus, was observed with great splendour.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • Much wine is only to be drunk at the festivals of Dionysus, and certainly not on the occasion of a marriage.

    Laws Plato
  • Of the greatest gift of Dionysus I hardly like to speak, lest I should be misunderstood.

    Laws Plato
  • And that Apollo and the Muses and Dionysus gave us harmony and rhythm?

    Laws Plato
  • They could hear the question asked by Dionysus, did she love him?

    The Symposium Xenophon
  • In the months of his training he had met fourteen of the Gods—all of them, except for Dionysus.

    Pagan Passions Gordon Randall Garrett
  • Dionysus has been dead for three years now, and that's about the outside limit.

    Pagan Passions Gordon Randall Garrett
British Dictionary definitions for Dionysus

Dionysus

/ˌdaɪəˈnaɪsəs/
noun
1.
the Greek god of wine, fruitfulness, and vegetation, worshipped in orgiastic rites. He was also known as the bestower of ecstasy and god of the drama, and identified with Bacchus
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Dionysus in Culture
Dionysus [(deye-uh-neye-suhs, deye-uh-nee-suhs)]

The Greek name for Bacchus, the Greek and Roman god of wine and revelry.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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