Dionysia Di`o*ny"si*a, n. pl. [L., fr. Gr. ?.] (Class. Antiq.) Any of the festivals held in honor of the Olympian god Dionysus. They correspond to the Roman Bacchanalia; the greater Dionysia were held at Athens in March or April, and were celebrated with elaborate performances of both tragedies and comedies. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

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