Definition of Dionysiac adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌdaɪəˈnɪziæk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌdaɪəˈnɪziæk//
    (also Dionysian
    BrE BrE//ˌdaɪəˈnɪziən//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌdaɪəˈnɪziən//
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  1. 1relating to the ancient Greek god Dionysus
  2. 2relating to the physical senses and the emotions, especially when they are expressed without control compare Apollonian
  3. Word Originearly 19th cent. (as a plural noun referring to the ancient Greek festivals of Dionysus): via late Latin from Greek Dionūsiakos ‘relating to Dionysus’, the Greek god, son of Zeus and Semele.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: Dionysiac