One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Wild; frenzied.‘rock and roll's corybantic gyrations’
jubilant, thrilled, triumphant, delighted, exhilarated, happy, overjoyed, joyous, joyful, gleeful, cock-a-hoop, excited, animated, exulting, rejoicing, beside oneself with happiness, ecstatic, euphoric, elated, rapturous, in raptures, enraptured, rapt, walking on air, on cloud nine, on cloud seven, in seventh heaven, jumping for joy, in transports of delight, transported, carried away, in a frenzy of delight, delirious, delirious with happiness, hysterical, wild with excitement, frenziedView synonyms
- ‘Everybody's dead, ‘declares a corybantic Stephanie in the opening line of the play.’’
- ‘We are at least spared the sight of these noise producers cavorting about the stage in a sort of corybantic frenzy.’
- ‘In both fables of possession we see how ritual motion and corybantic chanting bring about the psychological birth of the aliens.’
- ‘Where his dexterous playing and effortless meter manipulation often buoyed the band's corybantic compositions, here, he's sadly mollified.’
Mid 17th century: from Corybantes, Latin name of the priests of Cybele, a Phrygian goddess of nature, who performed wild dances, from Greek Korubantes + -ic.
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