Dionysian
adjective Date: 1607 1. a. of or relating to Dionysius b. of or relating to the theological writings once mistakenly attributed to Dionysius the Areopagite 2. a. devoted to the worship of Dionysus b. characteristic of Dionysus or the cult of worship of Dionysus; especially being of a frenzied or orgiastic charactercompare Apollonian

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  • Dionysian — Di o*ny sian, a. Relating to Dionysius, a monk of the 6th century; as, the Dionysian, or Christian, era. [1913 Webster] {Dionysian period}, a period of 532 years, depending on the cycle of the sun, or 28 years, and the cycle of the moon, or 19… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Dionysian — of or pertaining to Dionysos, Greek god of wine and revelry, identified with Roman Bacchus. His name is of unknown origin. Or in reference to historical men named Dionysius such as the tyrants of Syracuse and especially Dionysius Exiguus (see A.D …   Etymology dictionary

  • Dionysian — [dī΄ənish′ən; dī΄ənis′ē ən, dī΄əniz′ē ən] adj. 1. Dionysiac 2. of the orgiastic nature of the Dionysia; wild, frenzied, and sensuous: distinguished from APOLLONIAN 3. of any of several historical figures named Dionysus …   English World dictionary

  • Dionysian — /duy euh nish euhn, nis ee euhn, nuy see /, adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or honoring Dionysus or Bacchus. 2. recklessly uninhibited; unrestrained; undisciplined; frenzied; orgiastic. [1600 10; DIONYS(US) + IAN] * * * ▪ characteristic… …   Universalium

  • Dionysian — See Apollonian/Dionysian …   Philosophy dictionary

  • Dionysian — adjective Of or pertaining to …   Wiktionary

  • dionysian — adjective wild, irrational, and undisciplined Ant: apollonian …   Wiktionary

  • Dionysian — adj. honoring Dionysus; pertaining to Dionysus; wild, unrestrained, orgiastic …   English contemporary dictionary

  • dionysian — di·o·nys·i·an …   English syllables

  • Dionysian — Di•o•ny•sian [[t]ˌdaɪ əˈnɪʃ ən, ˈnɪs i ən, ˈnaɪ si [/t]] also Di•o•nys•i•ac [[t] ˈnɪs iˌæk, ˈnaɪ si [/t]] adj. 1) myt pertaining to Dionysus or his worship; Bacchic 2) recklessly uninhibited; frenzied; orgiastic • Etymology: 1600–10 …   From formal English to slang

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