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noun, plural bac·chants, bac·chan·tes [buh-kan-teez, -kahn-] /bəˈkæn tiz, -ˈkɑn-/.
- a priest, priestess, or votary of Bacchus; bacchanal.
- a drunken reveler.
Origin of bacchant
Related formsbac·chan·tic, adjective
First recorded in 1690–1700, bacchant
is from the Latin
(stem of bacchāns,
present participle of bacchārī
to revel). See Bacchus
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for bacchant
Historical Examples of bacchant
Scenes of bacchant excitement and of wildest abandonment may be witnessed here.
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!
But shall I be more like a Bacchant holding the thyrsus in my right hand, or in this?
British Dictionary definitions for bacchant
noun plural bacchants or bacchantes (bəˈkæntɪz)
- a priest or votary of Bacchus
- a drunken reveller
Word Origin for bacchant
C17: from Latin bacchāns, from bacchārī to celebrate the bacchanalia
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