maenad

[ mee-nad ]
/ ˈmi næd /

noun

a frenzied or raging woman.

Origin of maenad

1570–80; < Latin Maenad- (stem of Maenas) < Greek Mainás a bacchante, special use of mainás madwoman

Related forms

mae·nad·ic, adjectivemae·nad·ism, noun
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maenad

menad

/ (ˈmiːnæd) /

noun

classical myth a woman participant in the orgiastic rites of Dionysus; bacchante
a frenzied woman

Derived Forms

maenadic, adjectivemaenadically, adverbmaenadism, noun

Word Origin for maenad

C16: from Latin Maenas, from Greek mainas madwoman
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