- of, relating to, or honoring Dionysus or Bacchus.
- recklessly uninhibited; unrestrained; undisciplined; frenzied; orgiastic.
Origin of Dionysian
Examples from the Web for dionysian
It was clear to me that at least at the end of his life the Dionysian streak was trying to get out.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
The two faces of the Greek art he calls the Apollonian and the Dionysian impulses.
It appeared to him, the profound Greek scholar, as a recrudescence of Dionysian joy.
This was a strictly Dionysian thought and one shared also by Pico.The Oxford Reformers
The innocence of youth should be protected from a morality which is far more morbid than the maddest Dionysian revel.Suspended Judgments
John Cowper Powys
Would I were a lovely heap of ivory, and that lovely boys carried me into the Dionysian chorus.A Problem in Greek Ethics
John Addington Symonds
- 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
Word Origin and History for dionysian
of or pertaining to Dionysos, Greek god of wine and revelry, identified with Roman Bacchus. His name is of unknown origin. Or in reference to historical men named Dionysius such as the tyrants of Syracuse and especially Dionysius Exiguus (see A.D.), e.g. Dionysian period of 532 Julian years, when the moon phases recur on the same days of the week.