maenad definition

  • noun:
    • Greek Mythology a lady member of the orgiastic cult of Dionysus.
    • A frenzied woman.
    • A female follower of Dionysus, related to intense reveling.
    • An excessively crazy or emotional girl.
    • A Bacchante; a priestess or votary of Bacchus.
    • A frantic or frenzied woman.
    • In Greek misconception, a lady member of the attendant train of Bacchus; thus, a priestess of Bacchus; among women that celebrated the festivals of Bacchus with angry tracks and dancing and boisterous classes in gay businesses amid the crags of Parnassus and Cithæron, specifically regarding the event associated with the great triennial Bacchic festival.
    • thus Any girl under the influence of abnormal excitement or madness.
    • an unnaturally frenzied or distraught woman
    • (Greek mythology) a woman participant into the orgiastic rites of Dionysus

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