maenad maenad

Definition(s):

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

Usage(s):

  1. Women in the plays are almost always presented in either the image of the "mothermadonnahousewife" or the "whoremaenad.
  2. Pointing up the changes, Walker writes: "Titian's maenad seems wrapped in dreams, the marvelous sensuality of her pose dowered with a poetic beauty.

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  • 'True Blood' vicious villains

    Who doesn't love a good villain? While all of the major players on " True Blood " fall within shades of gray, there were some truly vile creatures to behold in the HBO hit's first five seasons, from that nutty maenad in Season 1 to the uber-ruthless Russell Edgington, who met his end in Season 5. We've rounded up the best of the worst.
    on June 23, 2013     Source: NBC NEWS

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