Definition of orgy in English:

orgy

noun

  • 1A wild party characterized by excessive drinking and indiscriminate sexual activity.

    ‘he had a reputation for drunken orgies’
    • ‘However, this desire did not lead to sexual orgies.’
    • ‘However, these churches, which only attract a few thousand believers, issue explicit directives to their members not to engage in any antisocial acts, wild orgies and debauches included.’
    • ‘Incest, homosexual orgies, murder, sadomasochism, and emotional laziness become subplots in this wacky sitcom.’
    • ‘Soon they are moving in the best circles, attending gallery openings and dinner parties and bizarre orgies - all the things that rich people do, apparently.’
    • ‘When I asked about other aspects of the hippie culture such as recreational drugs, free love, spiritualism and wild sex orgies, I was told to mellow out and leave the planning to those who know what they are doing.’
    • ‘Village of the Giants was made to capitalize off the expanding teen market and the groovy, sexy 1960s, the time of free love and wild orgies.’
    • ‘He said people would walk up to random groups having wild orgies, and join in.’
    • ‘It's like, we may be a band and we may party, but one thing we don't do is have wild orgies, or go out with strangers.’
    • ‘He did not believe in orgies, gluttony, drinking to the point of sickness, or any other such behaviour.’
    • ‘A couple enjoyed sex orgies and cocaine parties and the high life.’
    • ‘The earliest days of the feminist movement had featured sexual orgies, and my interest in exploring threesomes remained consistent.’
    • ‘Most of Jack's team gets whacked during a drunken orgy in a sleazy hotel.’
    • ‘‘Okay look-I don't care what types of goats you slaughter to your nonexistent pagan god, or how many sexual orgies you have in the process,’ she shook her head.’
    • ‘In hard-edged artificial light, the dancers enact feverish beach parties, orgies, murders, and seductions.’
    • ‘This handy list of awesome Halloween songs is sure to help get your Halloween party started, orgies excluded.’
    • ‘He gives himself over entirely to a life of debauchery - wild parties, loose women, drinking, orgies.’
    • ‘More than ‘friendly’ as now they're all growing up, having family reunions and little inbred orgies and parties in there.’
    • ‘If you're out of the relationship circle, he can have wild orgies and you don't have much ground to stand on.’
    • ‘At least it did not end with a sleaze party with its accompanying orgies, nor with the disorderly official drinking bout of a hundred years ago.’
    • ‘It seemed to be a continuos orgy, drinking all day and night.’
    wild party, debauch, carousal, carouse, revel, revelry, bacchanalia, bacchanal, saturnalia, dionysiacs
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    1. 1.1 An instance of excessive indulgence in a specified activity.
      ‘an orgy of buying’
      • ‘Those responsible went on an orgy of destruction smashing windows and electrical equipment.’
      • ‘Notice how although we're heading for an election, the Liberals haven't engaged in wild spending orgies to try to keep power?’
      • ‘The orgy of mutual accusations has reached extraordinary levels.’
      • ‘We're not going to dwell, we're not going to indulge in an orgy of introspection and outpourings of grief.’
      • ‘But for the rest of us, it's an orgy of sport, on most of the day, making you pick underdogs and winners on the spot.’
      • ‘I can't say anything about these as I shamefully ignored them completely in favour of an orgy of consumerist spending on clothes.’
      • ‘That soaring something on the skyline, a problematic feature at best, set off an orgy of megalithic excess.’
      • ‘It was an orgy of indulgence personified by Oprah and Bill Clinton.’
      • ‘The worst types are the parents who indulge in such an orgy of worry about their children's exam performance that they can speak of little else.’
      • ‘It is an orgy of calorific excess; a carbo-splurge of stomach-busting proportions.’
      • ‘Police are treating the incident seriously because the culprits went to great lengths on their orgy of vandalism.’
      • ‘It's a far cry from the 1970s and 80s, when the Royal borough indulged in an orgy of office building.’
      • ‘With the sea of ripped wrapping paper cleared following the orgy of present opening, breakfast would be served.’
      • ‘Either that or the orgy of fun, shopping and eating going on around me.’
      • ‘In honour of The Simpsons having been renewed, Michele invited her readers to indulge themselves in an orgy of favourite quotes from the show.’
      • ‘The weekend was an orgy of drinking and dancing and loving and living and I've come out of the other side with a number of war wounds to prove it.’
      • ‘Now that the seasonal orgy of football has commenced in little towns all over the state I will also check the scores.’
      • ‘However, there is one big positive amid this orgy of self indulgence.’
      • ‘We indulged in an orgy of girly-style excess including spas, shopping, shows and casinos.’
      bout, excess, surfeit, overindulgence, overconsumption
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  • 2orgieshistorical Secret rites used in the worship of Bacchus, Dionysus, and other Greek and Roman deities, celebrated with dancing, drunkenness, and singing.

    ‘Bacchic orgies’
    • ‘At this time, pepper and spices made their entrance, along with meat-eating, Bacchanalian orgies, gluttony, vomitoriums and the gladiatorial displays of cruelty.’
    • ‘Reacting against Bacchanalian rites and orgies, they aimed at purifying the soul.’
    • ‘The Greeks and Roman orgies are discussed along with the more common, discreet exchange of marital partners.’
    • ‘In later times, the rites connected with these deities became degraded into orgies; sacrifices were made, apparently even human sacrifices, but at one time Baal was worshipped as a sun god.’
    • ‘The murals, not badly done, depicted Bacchanalian orgies from various eras of history.’

Origin

Early 16th century: originally plural, from French orgies, via Latin from Greek orgia ‘secret rites or revels’.

Pronunciation

orgy

/ˈɔːdʒi/