orgiastic

[awr-jee-as-tik]
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  1. of, relating to, or having the nature of an orgy.
  2. tending to arouse or excite unrestrained emotion: orgiastic rhythms.
  3. Sociology. (of an expressive crowd) reaching a peak of emotional intensity, often of an ecstatic nature and frequently expressed by uninhibited behavior.

Origin of orgiastic

1690–1700; < Greek orgiastikós, derivative (with -tikos -tic) of orgiázein to celebrate orgies (derivative of órgia secret rites; see orgy)

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Word Origin and History for orgiastic
adj.

1690s, from Greek orgiastikos "fit for orgies, exciting," from orgiastes "one who celebrates orgies," from orgiazein "to celebrate orgies," from orgia (see orgy).

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