[ dahy-uh-nish-ee-uh, -nis- ]
/ ˌdaɪ əˈnɪʃ i ə, -ˈnɪs- /
the orgiastic and dramatic festivals held periodically in honor of Dionysus, especially those in Attica, from which Greek comedy and tragedy developed.
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Origin of Dionysia
1890–95; <Latin <Greek
Words nearby Dionysia
, Dionysius Exiguus
, Dionysius of Alexandria, Saint
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How to use Dionysia in a sentence
During the five or six days of the great Dionysia, the whole city was in a state of unwonted sanctity, under a taboo.
Just outside the gates was celebrated yet another festival of Dionysos equally primitive, called the “Dionysia in the Fields.”
Peisistratos left the Dionysia “in the fields,” but he added the Great Dionysia “in the city.”
Besides, he said so himself in the letter which he sent Dionysia by one of his tenants, and which she mentioned to you.
British Dictionary definitions for Dionysia
(in ancient Greece) festivals of the god Dionysus: a source of Athenian drama
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