Definition of orgiastic in US English:



  • Of or resembling an orgy.

    ‘orgiastic dancing’
    • ‘True, it didn't show Tom and Nicole making love nor was the orgy orgiastic.’
    • ‘One of the relative benefits of paganism over Christianity is that paganism usually has holidays devoted to wild orgiastic excess.’
    • ‘It throws more and more below the poverty line each year, thus increasing the ranks of the feared ‘underclass’ who might well explode into orgiastic criminality and expropriation at any moment.’
    • ‘It further didn't help that all the roommate had to watch was saved episodes of Will and Grace and Sex and the City, both of which celebrate NYC with orgiastic fervor.’
    • ‘Precisely because of the anonymous, orgiastic, revolving-door-type sexuality so despised by homophobes and fundamentalist Christians.’
    • ‘20-25 is really the only time you'll have for Bacchanalian orgiastic sex of the highest caliber.’
    • ‘Since alcohol and blood sacrifice were associated with the worship of the goddess, at times it contained an orgiastic element.’
    • ‘It was also drunken frenzy which suggested to Nietzsche the ecstatic abandonment and orgiastic revelry of the ancient cult of Dionysus.’
    • ‘So, for the next 5 days my body is going to be a temple - of the kind that has fountains of blessed water, and harvest festival with organic vegetables, rather than the type with wine libations and orgiastic dancing.’
    • ‘It is a stellar performance - Keith Moon's orgiastic flailing, mugging, and thrashing behind the kit leaves one utterly transfixed, and that's just a quarter of the group's dynamic.’
    • ‘Yet when the film ramps up, with the underlying percussive score beginning to race like a thumping heartbeat, it explodes in an all-out orgiastic bloodletting intercut with a joyous dance sequence.’
    • ‘That delights the band's publicist who has been telling us that this is a return to the era when album launches were hyper-expensive, orgiastic affairs that lasted all day and are still remembered.’
    • ‘Not all critics felt the same as Walker or Ebert - Bret Easton Ellis praised Fight Club as ‘a wild, orgiastic pop masterpiece’ - but if audiences were offended, maybe they were supposed to be.’
    • ‘The chorus responds with a rampage of orgiastic abandon [listen - No 14, Das Tier aus der Erde, 1: 04-2: 40].’
    • ‘This massive cut in taxes laid the foundations for the environment of social debauchery and orgiastic celebration of wealth that characterized the 1980s.’
    • ‘Disturbing and hellish narratives pour forth from the paintings: gatherings of men where the promise of violence lingers, scenes of orgiastic cannibalism, and lone individuals who fall prey to ‘the mob’.’
    • ‘The problem was that they were only admitted after the festivities had passed their orgiastic peak.’
    • ‘And many might like to hear tales of the political classes decamping to the seaside for a week of fervent backstabbing, orgiastic networking and roaring drunkenness.’
    • ‘Other races around the world can pull bigger crowds, but not the Kentucky or Epsom Derby, the Grand National, or Japan Cup engage a country in an almost orgiastic display of shared pleasure.’
    • ‘Hot hurricane action: water crashes furiously over the sea wall, palm trees whip back and forth in an orgiastic frenzy and street signs waggle suggestively in the wind.’
    debauched, wild, riotous, wanton, abandoned, dissolute, depraved, bacchanalian, bacchic, saturnalian, dionysiac, dionysian
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Late 17th century: from Greek orgiastikos, from orgiastēs, agent noun from orgiazein ‘hold an orgy’.