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Ba'cchanals. n.s. [bacchanalia, Lat.] The drunken feasts and revels of Bacchus, the god of wine.

Ha, my brave emperor, shall we dance now the Egyptian bacchanals, and celebrate our drink? Shakesp. Ant. and Cleop.

What wild fury was there in the heathen bacchanals, which we have not seen equalled. Decay of Piety.

Both extremes were banished from their walls,
Carthusian fasts, and fulsome bacchanals.

Sources: Allestree, Richard (89) · Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra (57) · Pierce, Thomas (2) · Pope, Alexander (393)

Attributes: Latin (690) · Noun Substantive (1269)

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