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[dahy-uh-nish-ee-uh, -nis-]
plural noun
  1. 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
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Examples from the Web for dionysia

Historical Examples

  • The Dionysia, which were brought from Thrace to Thebes, and were very similar to the former.

    Mysticism and its Results

    John Delafield

  • Therefore, this festival must have been officially known as the Dionysia .

  • The part of the record which should cover the Dionysia at Pirus is wanting.

  • She had to remain in the form of a sea serpent because of Dionysia's neglect.

    Fairy Tales from Brazil

    Elsie Spicer Eells

  • Dionysia promised her friend that she would remember to do this.

    Fairy Tales from Brazil

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British Dictionary definitions for dionysia


pl n
  1. (in ancient Greece) festivals of the god Dionysus: a source of Athenian drama
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