of, relating to, or honoring Dionysus or Bacchus.
recklessly uninhibited; unrestrained; undisciplined; frenzied; orgiastic.
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How to use Dionysian in a sentence
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 | David Freeman | December 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He changed back to his Dionysian form, circling warily until Mars had followed suit.Pagan Passions | Gordon Randall Garrett
I am thus brought face to face with the eternal conflict in art between the Apollonian and the Dionysian principles.An Autobiography | Igor Stravinsky
Book of Mormon chronology therefore sustains in general the correctness of the common or Dionysian system.Jesus the Christ | James Edward Talmage
The evening was so very young that they felt ridiculous with surplus energy, and burst into the cafe like Dionysian revellers.This Side of Paradise | F. Scott Fitzgerald
There is a Dionysian strain in his music that too often is in jarring discord with the intellectual structure of his work.Ivory Apes and Peacocks | James Huneker
British Dictionary definitions for Dionysian
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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