[ US /ˈbækɪnəɫ, bəˈkeɪnəɫ/ ]
[ UK /bˈækənə‍l/ ]
  1. used of riotously drunken merrymaking
    orgiastic festivity
    a night of bacchanalian revelry
    carousing bands of drunken soldiers
  1. a drunken reveller; a devotee of Bacchus
  2. a wild gathering involving excessive drinking and promiscuity
  3. someone who engages in drinking bouts
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How To Use bacchanal In A Sentence

  • The answer, of course, lies in a word unfamiliar to as many fitness enthusiasts as it is to the bacchanalian hedonist - moderation.
  • But in that typically unabashed and upfront Californian way - though she was actually born in Phoenix, Arizona - she refuses to be coy about the band's bacchanalian excesses.
  • I resorted to telemarketing to pay for my bacchanalian lifestyle during the lean years of college.
  • Associated Press In the centuries after the Reformation, some Protestants, notably the Puritans in England, sought to ban Christmas celebrations as pagan bacchanals, which they often were. No Church This Sunday—It's Christmas
  • I had, somehow, got both lords and deans associated in my mind with infinite swillings of port wine, and bacchanalian orgies, and sat down at first, in much fear and trembling, lest I should be compelled to join, under penalties of salt-and-water; but Alton Locke, Tailor and Poet An Autobiography
  • He says he ‘never took a drug in my life ‘, although he retains a theoretical fascination for rock'n'roll bacchanalia.
  • The heart and soul of the movie is Alan, a shy Texan teetotaller who's confronted with a display of bacchanalian excess that would've impressed Caligula.
  • Many of the details in the Triumph are paraphrastic repetitions from Titian's three Bacchanals.
  • It's a conceit that would ring false with David Threlfall's wild, bacchanalian Chatsworth patriarch but William H Macy's Frank is a more sensitive, caring soul, who uses his extended period of sobriety to connect with the kids. TV highlights 11/08/2011: The Culture Show At The Edinburgh Festival | Torchwood: Miracle Day | The Killing | The Forgotten Blitz | Little Box Of Horrors | Shameless US
  • In Roman times, a Bacchanalia was basically a very drunken orgy paying homage to the god of wine.
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