Sing. Orgy .

1. A sacrifice accompanied by certain ceremonies in honor of some pagan deity; especially, the ceremonies observed by the Greeks and Romans in the worship of Dionysus, or Bacchus, which were characterised by wild and dissolute revelry. "As when, with crowned cups, unto the Elian god, Those priests high orgies held." (Drayton)

2. Drunken revelry; a carouse.

Origin: F. Orgie, orgies, L. Orgia, pl, Gr.; akin to work. See Organ, and Work.

(01 Mar 1998)

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