[ 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
OTHER WORDS FROM Bacchanaliabac·cha·na·li·an, adjective, nounbac·cha·na·li·an·ism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for Bacchanalia
/ (ˌbækəˈneɪlɪə) /
(often capital) orgiastic rites associated with Bacchus
any drunken revelry
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