Definition of orgy in US English:

orgy

noun

  • 1A wild party, especially one involving excessive drinking and unrestrained sexual activity.

    ‘he had a reputation for drunken orgies’
    • ‘The earliest days of the feminist movement had featured sexual orgies, and my interest in exploring threesomes remained consistent.’
    • ‘He gives himself over entirely to a life of debauchery - wild parties, loose women, drinking, orgies.’
    • ‘A couple enjoyed sex orgies and cocaine parties and the high life.’
    • ‘If you're out of the relationship circle, he can have wild orgies and you don't have much ground to stand on.’
    • ‘He said people would walk up to random groups having wild orgies, and join in.’
    • ‘Incest, homosexual orgies, murder, sadomasochism, and emotional laziness become subplots in this wacky sitcom.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Most of Jack's team gets whacked during a drunken orgy in a sleazy hotel.’
    • ‘In hard-edged artificial light, the dancers enact feverish beach parties, orgies, murders, and seductions.’
    • ‘It seemed to be a continuos orgy, drinking all day and night.’
    • ‘More than ‘friendly’ as now they're all growing up, having family reunions and little inbred orgies and parties in there.’
    • ‘This handy list of awesome Halloween songs is sure to help get your Halloween party started, orgies excluded.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘However, this desire did not lead to sexual orgies.’
    • ‘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 did not believe in orgies, gluttony, drinking to the point of sickness, or any other such behaviour.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    wild party, debauch, carousal, carouse, revel, revelry, bacchanalia, bacchanal, saturnalia, dionysiacs
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    1. 1.1 Excessive indulgence in a specified activity.
      ‘an orgy of buying’
      • ‘I can't say anything about these as I shamefully ignored them completely in favour of an orgy of consumerist spending on clothes.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Either that or the orgy of fun, shopping and eating going on around me.’
      • ‘It is an orgy of calorific excess; a carbo-splurge of stomach-busting proportions.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘However, there is one big positive amid this orgy of self indulgence.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Notice how although we're heading for an election, the Liberals haven't engaged in wild spending orgies to try to keep power?’
      • ‘That soaring something on the skyline, a problematic feature at best, set off an orgy of megalithic excess.’
      • ‘Now that the seasonal orgy of football has commenced in little towns all over the state I will also check the scores.’
      • ‘Those responsible went on an orgy of destruction smashing windows and electrical equipment.’
      • ‘The orgy of mutual accusations has reached extraordinary levels.’
      • ‘It was an orgy of indulgence personified by Oprah and Bill Clinton.’
      • ‘We're not going to dwell, we're not going to indulge in an orgy of introspection and outpourings of grief.’
      • ‘We indulged in an orgy of girly-style excess including spas, shopping, shows and casinos.’
      • ‘In honour of The Simpsons having been renewed, Michele invited her readers to indulge themselves in an orgy of favourite quotes from the show.’
      • ‘With the sea of ripped wrapping paper cleared following the orgy of present opening, breakfast would be served.’
      bout, excess, surfeit, overindulgence, overconsumption
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    2. 1.2usually orgieshistorical Secret rites used in the worship of Bacchus, Dionysus, and other Greek and Roman deities, celebrated with dancing, drunkenness, and singing.
      • ‘The murals, not badly done, depicted Bacchanalian orgies from various eras of history.’
      • ‘At this time, pepper and spices made their entrance, along with meat-eating, Bacchanalian orgies, gluttony, vomitoriums and the gladiatorial displays of cruelty.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

orgy

/ˈɔrdʒi//ˈôrjē/