Definition of Bacchic in US English:



  • 1Relating to Bacchus or the worship of Bacchus.

    ‘I adopted its religion and celebrated the Bacchic rites’
    • ‘Their research revealed that more than a few Bacchic and Dionysian cults survived the fall of Rome and the Rise of Christianity, and some still exist to this day.’
    • ‘There were Dionysia in Greece and Bacchic festivals in Rome and, allegedly, in more rural areas, traces of the Greek ones survive to this day.’
    • ‘As in Roman art in general, Bacchic scenes and imagery are very common in these mosaics.’
    • ‘Since Bacchic rituals involve the direct possession of the initiates with the spirit of Dionysus himself, their actions are representative of the nature of Dionysus.’
    • ‘The Orphic literature influenced many Bacchic mystery groups in antiquity.’
    • ‘Some vessels and jewellery are adorned with traditional pagan motifs, such as hunting and Bacchic scenes, or Hercules wrestling the giant Antaeus.’
    1. 1.1 Drunken and debauched.
      ‘in the evening, this bar becomes positively Bacchic’
      • ‘Intermittently, she seems self-satisfied, demure, and - most tellingly considering the truly Bacchic quantities of red wine she's putting away - drunk.’
      • ‘But in spirit these orderly scenes barely nod to the bacchic mayhem that propelled the Jazz Age towards the Wall Street Crash.’
      • ‘The exceptional attentiveness of its staff and the renowned, almost Bacchic temptations of its dining room are easily enough to satisfy the most demanding of tastes.’
      • ‘She became a popular member of the community, respected for her dedication and kindness, and her tolerance of the more Bacchic aspects of island life.’
      • ‘Kids studying abroad have earned a dubious reputation for public drunkenness and vulgar behavior to the extent that university websites warn students against the dangers of Bacchic excess.’