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Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Definitions for corybantic

  1. frenzied; agitated; unrestrained.
  2. (initial capital letter) of or relating to a Corybant.

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Citations for corybantic
From outside we hear a confused shouting that grows louder and louder, and suddenly the shrine is invaded by a throng of corybantic worshipers. They rush to the altar, they tear off one another's aprons and fling them in a mounting pile at the foot of the Arch-Vicar's throne. Aldous Huxley, Ape and Essence, 1948
I learned that the bar had been built in 1933, to celebrate and capitalize upon the repeal of Prohibition, and its spacious, even somewhat cavernous dimensions were originally meant to encompass a dance floor. Such Corybantic revels as envisioned by the first owners never took place, however ... William Styron, Sophie's Choice, 1979
Origin of corybantic
1635-1645
Corybantic derives from Corybant, the name for an ancient Phrygian priest of Cybele or any of the spirits or secondary divinities attending Cybele with wild music and dancing. It entered English in the mid-1600s.