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bacchanalian (adj) drunken festivity.

A celebration or a party which involves drink, sex, and uncontrolled behavior is bacchanalian. When a group of people celebrating an occasion, or just for the pleasure of it, get drunk, have sex, etc., unrestrictedly, they have a bacchanalian session. Bacchus, the god of wine in ancient Greek mythology, is the origin of the word. Bacchanalian revelry was very common in ancient Greece and Rome especially among the royal and upper classes.

  • When powerful empires in history enjoyed prosperity, without the threat of any invasion, the rulers and the wealthy classes indulged in bacchanalian celebrations involving unrestrained alcohol and unrestricted sex.
  • The children who got up suddenly at midnight watched in shock and bewilderment as their parents reveled in their bacchanalian party, unaware of the surroundings.
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