Orgy
Orgy Or"gy, n.; sing. {Orgies}. [F. orgie, orgies, L. orgia, pl., Gr. ?; akin to ? work. See {Organ}, and {Work}.] [1913 Webster] 1. A sacrifice accompanied by certain ceremonies in honor of some pagan deity; especially, the ceremonies observed by the Greeks and Romans in the worship of Dionysus, or Bacchus, which were characterized by wild and dissolute revelry. Usually in the plural form.

Note: [The singular is rarely used in this sense.] [1913 Webster]

As when, with crowned cups, unto the Elian god, Those priests high orgies held. --Drayton. [1913 Webster]

2. Wild, drunken, or licentious revelry; an uninhibited carouse. --B. Jonson. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

3. A series of sexual activities involving more than two couples in a group. [PJC]

4. Hence: An event characterized by unrestrained indulgence in passion; as, an orgy of buying of internet stocks. [PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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