Di`o*ny"si*a (?), n. pl. [L., fr. Gr.
&?;.] (Class. Antiq.)
Any of the festivals held in honor
of the Olympian god Dionysus. They correspond to the Roman
Bacchanalia; the greater Dionysia were held at Athens in March or
April, and were celebrated with elaborate performances of both
tragedies and comedies.
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