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 for bacchanalia
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bacchanalia \Bac`cha*na"li*a\ (b[a^]k`k[.a]*n[=a]"l[i^]*[.a]),
     n. pl. [L. Bacchanal a place devoted to Bacchus; in the pl.
     Bacchanalia a feast of Bacchus, fr. Bacchus the god of wine,
     Gr. Ba`kchos.]
     [1913 Webster]
     1. (Myth.) A feast or an orgy in honor of Bacchus.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. Hence: A drunken feast; drunken revels; an orgy.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: an orgiastic festival in ancient Greece in honor of
           Dionysus (= Bacchus) [syn: Dionysia, Bacchanalia]
      2: a wild gathering involving excessive drinking and promiscuity
         [syn: orgy, debauch, debauchery, saturnalia, riot,
         bacchanal, bacchanalia, drunken revelry]

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