orgiastic

[awr-jee-as-tik]

adjective

of, relating to, or having the nature of an orgy.
tending to arouse or excite unrestrained emotion: orgiastic rhythms.
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)

Synonyms for orgiastic

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Contemporary Examples of orgiastic

Historical Examples of orgiastic

  • The worship of the gods assumed a more terrific and orgiastic character.

    India, Old and New

    Sir Valentine Chirol

  • Even the Dry-towners shunned the orgiastic rituals of Kamaina.

    The Door Through Space

    Marion Zimmer Bradley

  • There was nothing tumultuous or orgiastic in his proceedings.

  • Of a sudden the rage seemed to die in Hal, spent in that last, orgiastic convulsion of passion.

    Cursed

    George Allan England

  • Beginning with the two "calves," they proceeded to lewd and orgiastic idolatries.



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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper