orgy

If you have an orgy of presents or snacks or even new ideas, you have so many it's almost obscene. In this figurative use, orgy means an event where there is just too much of a good thing!

The word orgy comes from the Greek orgia meaning "secret rites" which referred to the secret rites of Dionysus, the Greek god of wine and love-making. An orgy is a gathering of a number of people that involves sex and drinking. You can use the word orgy to refer to any intense, excessive activity. Before school starts in the fall, most kids get to go on an orgy of shopping for clothes and school supplies.

Definitions of orgy
  1. noun
    a wild gathering involving excessive drinking and promiscuity
  2. noun
    any act of immoderate indulgence
    “an orgy of shopping”
    synonyms: binge, splurge
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    type of:
    humoring, indulgence, indulging, pampering
    the act of indulging or gratifying a desire
  3. noun
    secret rite in the cults of ancient Greek or Roman deities involving singing and dancing and drinking and sexual activity
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    type of:
    religious rite, rite
    an established ceremony prescribed by a religion
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