Dionysia

Dionysia
noun
an orgiastic festival in ancient Greece in honor of Dionysus (= Bacchus)
Syn: ↑Bacchanalia
Hypernyms: ↑festival, ↑fete

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\\ˌdīəˈnizh(ē)ə, -nish(ē)ə, -nisēə\ noun plural
Usage: usually capitalized
Etymology: Latin, from Greek, from neuter plural of dionysios of Dionysus, from Dionysos Dionysus, god of an orgiastic religion and of wine
: any of the Greek religious festivals held in honor of Dionysus especially in Attica: as
a. : the lesser festival which was held in the autumn and from which the Greek drama is said to have originated
b. : the great festival which was held in the spring and at which plays were regularly given from the time of Pisistratus — compare bacchanalia 1

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/duy'euh nish"ee euh, -nis"-/, n.pl.
the orgiastic and dramatic festivals held periodically in honor of Dionysus, esp. those in Attica, from which Greek comedy and tragedy developed. Cf. Greater Dionysia, Lesser Dionysia.
[1890-95; < L < Gk]

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Dionysia /dī-ə-nizˈi-ə or -nisˈ/ (Gr hist)
plural noun
Dramatic and orgiastic festivals in honour of Dionȳsos (Bacchus), Greek god of wine
Dionysˈiac adjective
Bacchic
Dionysˈian adjective
Relating to Dionȳsos or to Dionȳsios (Dionysius of Syracuse, the Areopagite, Exiguus, or any other of the name)

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