A bacchanal is a crazed party with drunken revelry, ecstatic sexual experimentation, and wild music. In a nutshell, it is "sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll."

Bacchus was the Roman god of wine, which loosened the chains of social restraints; and so, the name of Bacchantes’ hedonistic, pleasure-filled gatherings were named bacchanals. Who might be a modern-day Bacchus? Elvis Presley had bacchanalian charisma. Now, this bit of trivia might impress your friends: the song we know as the Can-Can is titled "Bacchanale," from the opera Orpheus in the Underworld – that’s one hot steaming club jam going on down in Hades!

Definitions of bacchanal
  1. noun
    a wild gathering
    synonyms: bacchanalia, debauch, debauchery, drunken revelry, riot, saturnalia
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    type of:
    revel, revelry
    unrestrained merrymaking
  2. noun
    a drunken reveller; a devotee of Bacchus
    synonyms: bacchant
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    type of:
    buff, devotee, fan, lover
    an ardent follower and admirer
  3. noun
    someone who engages in drinking bouts
    synonyms: bacchant, drunken reveler, drunken reveller
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    type of:
    drinker, imbiber, juicer, toper
    a person who drinks alcoholic beverages (especially to excess)
  4. adjective
    used of riotously drunken merrymaking
    synonyms: bacchanalian, bacchic, carousing, orgiastic
    drunk, inebriated, intoxicated
    stupefied or excited by a chemical substance (especially alcohol)
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