Origin of maenad
Examples from the Web for maenad
She flings her arms and tresses of Fire to the stars, a maenad in the planetary dance.The Masque of the Elements|Herman Scheffauer
She ceased to be a woman, complex, kind and petulant, considerate and thoughtless; she was a Maenad.The Moon and Sixpence|W. Somerset Maugham
I was in a mind to wring the Maenad's neck three minutes ago.
There stood the Maenad on her revolving stand, and there was the raised platform for the model.
These were the eyes of a girl who had raved like a maenad the night through.A Thorny Path [Per Aspera], Complete|Georg Ebers
British Dictionary definitions for maenad
Word Origin for maenad
Word Origin and History for maenad
"Bacchante," 1570s, from Greek mainas (genitive mainados) "priestess of Bacchus," literally "madwoman," from stem of mainesthai "to rage, go mad" (see mania).