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[dahy-uh-nis-ee-ak, -nahy-see-]
  1. of or relating to the Dionysia or to Dionysus; Bacchic.
  2. Dionysian(def 2).
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Origin of Dionysiac

1820–30; < Latin Dionȳsiacus < Greek Dionȳsiakós, equivalent to Diónȳs(os) Dionysus + -i- derivative stem vowel + -akos -ac
Related formsDi·o·ny·si·a·cal·ly [dahy-uh-ni-sahy-ik-lee] /ˌdaɪ ə nɪˈsaɪ ɪk li/, adverb
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Examples from the Web for dionysiac

Historical Examples

  • This was the second day of the third Dionysiac festival, called the Anthesteria.

    Plutarch's Lives, Volume IV

    Aubrey Stewart

  • They seem to have represented a reform of Dionysiac practice.

  • It seemed as if a touch of music would have converted them into a Dionysiac chorus.

    Vacation days in Greece

    Rufus B. Richardson

  • The satirical pen of Aristophanes has not spared the Dionysiac festivals.

  • A still more curious incident of the Dionysiac worship was the sacrifice of a booted calf, a calf with cothurns on its feet.

British Dictionary definitions for dionysiac


  1. of or relating to Dionysus or his worship
  2. a less common word for Dionysian
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