- nounan orgiastic festival in ancient Greece in honor of Dionysus (= Bacchus)• Syn: ↑Bacchanalia
* * *\\ˌdīəˈnizh(ē)ə, -nish(ē)ə, -nisēə\ noun pluralUsage: usually capitalizedEtymology: 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: asa. : the lesser festival which was held in the autumn and from which the Greek drama is said to have originatedb. : the great festival which was held in the spring and at which plays were regularly given from the time of Pisistratus — compare bacchanalia 1
* * */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]
* * *Dionysia /dī-ə-nizˈi-ə or -nisˈ/ (Gr hist)plural nounDramatic and orgiastic festivals in honour of Dionȳsos (Bacchus), Greek god of wineDionysˈiac adjectiveBacchicDionysˈian adjectiveRelating to Dionȳsos or to Dionȳsios (Dionysius of Syracuse, the Areopagite, Exiguus, or any other of the name)
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