(also Dionysian -zɪən)
1》 Greek Mythology relating to the god Dionysus.
2》 relating to the sensual, spontaneous, and emotional aspects of human nature. Compare with Apollonian.

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  • Dionysiac — Di o*ny si*ac, a. Of or pertaining to Dionysus or to the Dionysia; Bacchic; as, a Dionysiac festival; the Dionysiac theater at Athens. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Dionysiac — [dī΄ənis′ē ak΄, dī΄əniz′ē ak΄] adj. [L Dionysiacus < Gr Dionysiakos] 1. of Dionysus or the Dionysia 2. DIONYSIAN (sense 2) …   English World dictionary

  • Dionysiac — adjective Etymology: Latin dionysiacus, from Greek dionysiakos, from Dionysos Date: 1844 Dionysian 2 • Dionysiac noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Dionysiac — Dionysiacally /duy euh ni suy ik lee/, adv. /duy euh nis ee ak , nuy see /, adj. 1. of or pertaining to the Dionysia or to Dionysus; Bacchic. 2. Dionysian (def. 2). [1820 30; < L Dionysiacus < Gk Dionysiakós, equiv. to Diónys(os) DIONYSUS + i… …   Universalium

  • Dionysiac — adjective Of, or relating to Dionysus or to the Dionysia …   Wiktionary

  • dionysiac — adjective wild and ecstatic Syn: dionysian …   Wiktionary

  • Dionysiac — Di·o·nys·i·ac·· || ‚daɪə nɪzɪæk adj. of Dionysia, of wild festivals honoring Dionysus; pertaining to Dionysus (ancient Greek god of wine and fertility); unrestrained, wild, orgiastic …   English contemporary dictionary

  • dionysiac — di·o·nys·i·ac …   English syllables

  • Dionysiac — /daɪəˈnɪziæk/ (say duyuh nizeeak) adjective relating to the Dionysia or to Dionysus; Bacchic. –Dionysiacally /daɪənəˈziəkəli/ (say duyuhnuh zeeuhkuhlee), adverb …   Australian English dictionary

  • Dionysiac —   a. pertaining to Dionysus, ancient Greek god of wine, and his wild rites; bacchanalian …   Dictionary of difficult words

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