What does bacchanal mean?

Definitions for bacchanal
ˌbɑ kəˈnɑl, ˌbæk əˈnæl, ˈbæk ə nl; ˈbæk ə nlbac·cha·nal

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. drunken reveler, drunken reveller, bacchanal, bacchantnoun

    someone who engages in drinking bouts

  2. bacchant, bacchanalnoun

    a drunken reveller; a devotee of Bacchus

  3. orgy, debauch, debauchery, saturnalia, riot, bacchanal, bacchanalia, drunken revelryadjective

    a wild gathering involving excessive drinking and promiscuity

  4. bacchanalian, bacchanal, bacchic, carousing, orgiasticadjective

    used of riotously drunken merrymaking

    "a night of bacchanalian revelry"; "carousing bands of drunken soldiers"; "orgiastic festivity"


  1. bacchanalnoun

    A devotee of Bacchus; one who indulges in drunken revels; one who is noisy and riotous when intoxicated; a carouser.

  2. bacchanalnoun

    The festival of Bacchus; the bacchanalia.

  3. bacchanalnoun

    Drunken revelry; an orgy.

  4. bacchanalnoun

    A song or a dance in honor of Bacchus.

  5. bacchanaladjective

    Relating to Bacchus or his festival.

  6. bacchanaladjective

    Engaged in drunken revels; drunken and riotous or noisy.

  7. Etymology: From Bacchanalis. See Bacchanalia.


  1. bacchanal

    The Bacchanalia were unofficial, privately funded popular Roman festivals of Bacchus, based on various ecstatic elements of the Greek Dionysia. They were almost certainly associated with Rome's native cult of Liber, and probably arrived in Rome itself around 200 BC. Like all mystery religions of the ancient world, very little is known of their rites. They seem to have been popular and well-organised throughout the central and southern Italian peninsula.Livy, writing some 200 years after the event, offers a scandalized and extremely colourful account of the Bacchanalia, with frenzied rites, sexually violent initiations of both sexes, all ages and all social classes; he represents the cult as a murderous instrument of conspiracy against the state. Livy claims that seven thousand cult leaders and followers were arrested, and that most were executed. Livy believed the Bacchanalia scandal to be one of several indications of Rome's inexorable moral decay. Modern scholars take a skeptical approach to Livy's allegations.The cult was not banned. Senatorial legislation to reform the Bacchanalia in 186 BC attempted to control their size, organisation, and priesthoods, under threat of the death penalty. This may have been motivated less by the kind of lurid and dramatic rumours that Livy describes than by the Senate's determination to assert its civil, moral and religious authority over Rome and its allies, after the prolonged social, political and military crisis of the Second Punic War (218–201 BC). The reformed Bacchanalia rites may have been merged with the Liberalia festival. Bacchus, Liber and Dionysus became virtually interchangeable from the late Republican era (133 BC and onward), and their mystery cults persisted well into the Principate of Roman Imperial era.


  1. bacchanal

    Bacchanal originally refers to an ancient Roman festival in honor of Bacchus, the god of wine. Today, the term typically refers to a wild and drunken celebration, party or gathering. It can also refer to an occasion characterized by excessive indulgence in sensual pleasures, especially drinking and revelry.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bacchanaladjective

    relating to Bacchus or his festival

  2. Bacchanaladjective

    engaged in drunken revels; drunken and riotous or noisy

  3. Bacchanalnoun

    a devotee of Bacchus; one who indulges in drunken revels; one who is noisy and riotous when intoxicated; a carouser

  4. Bacchanalnoun

    the festival of Bacchus; the bacchanalia

  5. Bacchanalnoun

    drunken revelry; an orgy

  6. Bacchanalnoun

    a song or dance in honor of Bacchus

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bacchanal

    bak′a-nal, n. a worshipper of Bacchus: one who indulges in drunken revels: a dance or song in honour of Bacchus.—adj. relating to drunken revels—also Bacchanā′lian.—ns.pl. Bacchanā′lia, Bac′chanals, originally feasts in honour of Bacchus: drunken revels.—n. Bacchanā′lianism.—n. and adj. Bacchant (bak′kant), a priest of Bacchus, the god of wine: a reveller: a drunkard.—n. Bacchante (bak-kant′, bak′kant, bak-kant′i), a priestess of Bacchus, the god of wine: a female bacchanal:—pl. Bacchant′es.—adj. Bacchic (bak′kik), relating to Bacchus: jovial: drunken. [L. Bacchanalis, Bacchus, Gr. Bacchos, the god of wine.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bacchanal in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bacchanal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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