orgy

[ awr-jee ]
/ ˈɔr dʒi /

noun, plural or·gies.

wild or drunken festivity or revelry, especially involving sex with multiple participants.
any actions or proceedings marked by unbridled indulgence of passions: an orgy of killing.
orgies, (in ancient Greece) esoteric religious rituals, especially in the worship of Demeter or Dionysus, characterized in later times by wild dancing, singing, and drinking.
Informal. a boisterous, rowdy party.

Origin of orgy

1580–90; < Middle French orgie < Latin orgia (neuter plural) secret rites < Greek órgia, akin to érgon work
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orgy
/ (ˈɔːdʒɪ) /

noun plural -gies

a wild gathering marked by promiscuous sexual activity, excessive drinking, etc
an act of immoderate or frenzied indulgence
(often plural) secret religious rites of Dionysus, Bacchus, etc, marked by drinking, dancing, and songs

Derived forms of orgy

orgiastic, adjective

Word Origin for orgy

C16: from French orgies, from Latin orgia, from Greek: nocturnal festival
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