The ancient Roman god Bacchus was no teetotaler. A bacchanalian party is a wild, wine-soaked, rowdy affair. Bacchanalian is used to describe any event that Bacchus would have enjoyed.

The Romans celebrated Bacchus with wine, songs, dances and more wine — not the kind of behavior you would expect from self-respecting adults (and probably not the kind of thing they would tell their kids about). Bacchanalian sounds like “back-and-nail” yen so you might want to think of it as a description of party where everyone has one drink too many and wants to give each other a back rub.

Definitions of bacchanalian

adj used of riotously drunken merrymaking

“a night of bacchanalian revelry”
bacchanal, bacchic, carousing, orgiastic
drunk, inebriated, intoxicated
stupefied or excited by a chemical substance (especially alcohol)

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