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maenad (n.)

"Bacchante, female attendant or priestess of Bacchus," whose festivals were celebrated with mad dancing and singing, 1570s, from Greek mainas (genitive mainados) "priestess of Bacchus," literally "madwoman," from stem of mainesthai "to rage, go mad," from PIE *mnyo-, suffixed form of root *men- (1) "to think." Related: Maenadic.

updated on October 28, 2018

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Definitions of maenad from WordNet

maenad (n.)
an unnaturally frenzied or distraught woman;
maenad (n.)
(Greek mythology) a woman participant in the orgiastic rites of Dionysus;
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