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  • adj. Of or relating to Bacchus; hence, jovial, or riotous, with intoxication.


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  • Discovered, Pentheus is torn to pieces by his mother who, in bacchic frenzy, mistakes him for a lion.

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  • He returned dazed and shaken by the wave of bacchic revelry released in America and Europe at the end of world War I, treating Pearl and her mother to hair-raising stories of lewd, raucous, short-skirted, hard-drinking modern youth: ‘every-where I went they all had their dresses up to their knees.’


  • Welles, undeterred, pulled them together into a single film of operatic excess, bacchic camaraderie and, at its time, the greatest battle scenes since Eisenstein's "Alexander Nevsky."

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  • Surely this is a very obvious image or symbol of the beautiful, the ideal, aspect of bacchic elation and revelry.

    Hedda Gabler

  • For Porcia, being extremely disturbed with expectation of the event, and not able to bear the greatness of her anxiety, could scarce keep herself within doors; and at every little noise or voice she heard, starting up suddenly, like those possessed with the bacchic frenzy, she asked everyone that came in from the forum what Brutus was doing, and sent one messenger after another to inquire.

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  • Everything tends to show that his convelescence will be brief; and who knows even if at our next village festivity we shall not see our good Hippolyte figuring in the bacchic dance in the midst of a chorus of joyous boon-companions, and thus proving to all eyes by his verve and his capers his complete cure?

    Madame Bovary

  • Eros, who had a sanctuary at Thespiae in Boeotia, are beautiful, sweet, naive child-pictures; much less even is Hercules, the infant, strangling the serpents, or Mercury running off with the oxen of Admetus, or bacchic Dionysus.

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  • A bacchic emulation reigned, which threatened to end in scenes bordering upon a debauch.

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  • He lay upon his bed in the same position in which he had first been placed, and was sleeping that heavy, painful sleep which serves as an expiation for bacchic excesses.

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  • Then besiegers and besieged together burned the fortress, and the day ended with bacchic libations and with dances.

    The Counts of Gruyère


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