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bacchante

[buh-kan-tee, -kahn-, buh-kant, -kahnt]
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noun
  1. a female bacchant.
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Origin of bacchante

1790–1800; back formation from Latin bacchantēs, feminine plural of bacchāns bacchant; pronunciation with silent -e < French bacchante, feminine of bacchant bacchant
Also called maenad, menad, Thyiad.
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Examples from the Web for bacchante

Historical Examples

  • She caresses the soul; she is a Bacchante of divine love, a Mnad of purity.

    En Route

    J.-K. (Joris-Karl) Huysmans

  • This was met by a counter taunt from us, "'Iron Duke' can do 'Bacchante'—200 dollars."

    In Eastern Seas

    J. J. Smith

  • Cagliostro looked with horror upon the ashes of the Bacchante.

  • At the head of the procession is a bacchante, riding on a panther.

  • She was some beauty—like the picture of Lady Hamilton dressed as a Bacchante.


British Dictionary definitions for bacchante

bacchante

noun plural bacchantes (bəˈkæntɪz)
  1. a priestess or female votary of Bacchus
  2. a drunken female reveller
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