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nounPlural bacchantes, Plural bacchants, Feminine bacchante
A priest, priestess, or follower of Bacchus.‘the painting shows a bacchante carrying a child’
merrymaker, partygoer, party animal, carouser, roisterer, good-time boy, good-time girl, pleasure seekerView synonyms
- ‘Before his return to Paris he had already begun to specialize in the small-scale terracotta statuettes and reliefs of satyrs, bacchantes, and other mythological figures for which he is famous.’
- ‘Satisfied he is invisible, Pentheus stands happily in the garb of a bacchant.’
- ‘Shiva and Dionysos, albeit a far closer match, also have various nuances and differences in how they interface with bhakti / bacchantes.’
- ‘Despite the presence of bacchantes and the references to wine, the bacchanalian aspect of the scene is greatly subdued, reducing the feeling of revelry and recklessness.’
- ‘On the back of each of the pair of vases is a frieze of dancing bacchantes framed at the sides and bottom by a scroll ornament all in grisaille.’
Late 16th century: from French bacchante, from Latin bacchari ‘celebrate the feast of Bacchus’.
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