One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A state of excited or exalted feeling, like that of a worshipper at an orgy; behaviour or practices associated with orgies.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Henry Milman (1791–1868), historian and dean of St Paul's. From Hellenistic Greek ὀργιασμός from ancient Greek ὀργιάζειν to celebrate orgies + -μος, suffix forming nouns.
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