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Bacchanalia

[ bak-uh-ney-lee-uh, -neyl-yuh ]
/ ˌbæk əˈneɪ li ə, -ˈneɪl yə /
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noun, plural Bac·cha·na·li·a, Bac·cha·na·li·as.

(sometimes used with a plural verb) a festival in honor of Bacchus.Compare Dionysia.
(lowercase) a drunken feast; orgy.

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Origin of Bacchanalia

1625–35; <Latin equivalent to Bacch(us) + -ān(us) -an + -ālia, neuter plural of -ālis-al1; probably modeled on volcānālia.See Saturnalia

OTHER WORDS FROM Bacchanalia

bac·cha·na·li·an, adjective, nounbac·cha·na·li·an·ism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for Bacchanalia

bacchanalia
/ (ˌbækəˈneɪlɪə) /

pl n

(often capital) orgiastic rites associated with Bacchus
any drunken revelry
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