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Dionysian

[ dahy-uh-nish-uhn, -nis-ee-uhn, -nahy-see- ]
/ ˌdaɪ əˈnɪʃ ən, -ˈnɪs i ən, -ˈnaɪ si- /
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adjective
of, relating to, or honoring Dionysus or Bacchus.
recklessly uninhibited; unrestrained; undisciplined; frenzied; orgiastic.
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Origin of Dionysian

First recorded in 1600–10; Dionys(us) + -ian
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British Dictionary definitions for Dionysian

Dionysian
/ (ˌdaɪəˈnɪzɪən) /

adjective
of or relating to Dionysus
(sometimes not capital) (in the philosophy of Nietzsche) of or relating to the set of creative qualities that encompasses spontaneity, irrationality, the rejection of discipline, etc
(often not capital) wild or orgiastic
of or relating to any of the historical characters named Dionysius
Compare (for senses 2, 3): Apollonian
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