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

n a wild gathering involving excessive drinking and promiscuity

bacchanalia, debauch, debauchery, drunken revelry, orgy, riot, saturnalia
Type of:
revel, revelry
unrestrained merrymaking

n a drunken reveller; a devotee of Bacchus

Type of:
buff, devotee, fan, lover
an ardent follower and admirer

n someone who engages in drinking bouts

bacchant, drunken reveler, drunken reveller
Type of:
drinker, imbiber, juicer, toper
a person who drinks alcoholic beverages (especially to excess)

adj used of riotously drunken merrymaking

bacchanalian, bacchic, carousing, orgiastic
drunk, inebriated, intoxicated
stupefied or excited by a chemical substance (especially alcohol)

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