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corybantic

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a corybantic Of, pertaining to, or resembling, the Corybantes or their rites; frantic; frenzied; as, a corybantic dance.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • corybantic Madly agitated; inflamed like the corybants.
    • corybantic Affected with or exhibiting corybantism.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Corybantic wildly excited
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. Korybantiko`s, fr. Kory`bas a Corybant
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. korybas, korybantos.

Usage

In literature:

Sangarre, holding one of those daires, which she played between her hands, encouraged this troupe of veritable corybantes.
"Michael Strogoff" by Jules Verne
The Corybantic clangor was cheerful, in its way, But Hallelujah Lasses the cymbals can outbray.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 99, July 12, 1890" by Various
CORYBANTES, priests of CYBELE (q. v.), whose religious rites were accompanied with wild dances and the clashing of cymbals.
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
Venice inspires at first an almost Corybantic rapture.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece" by John Addington Symonds
OR CYBELES FRANTICKE RITES, the wild dances of the Corybantes, priestesses of Cybele, or Rhea, the wife of Chronos and mother of the gods.
"Spenser's The Faerie Queene, Book I" by Edmund Spenser
No Bacchic revels on Mount Parnassus were ever more corybantic.
"All Around the Moon" by Jules Verne
Now he is the prophet of Jehovah, now the Corybantic pagan priest, now the interpreter of the soul of machines.
"Among Famous Books" by John Kelman
Venice inspires at first an almost Corybantic rapture.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds
His best easel picture in England is the 'Education of Jupiter by Nymphs and Corybantes,' in the National Gallery.
"The Old Masters and Their Pictures" by Sarah Tytler
Venice inspires at first an almost Corybantic rapture.
"New Italian sketches" by John Addington Symonds
Dancing, the dissonant corybantes of the Dionysian evangel flitted by, scarce touching earth in their efforts to outvie the Bacchantes.
"Melomaniacs" by James Huneker
Her attendants, the Corybantes, were wild, half demonic beings.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 12, Slice 4" by Various
It was more like a train of Corybantes than anything I had seen.
"Pencillings by the Way" by N. Parker Willis
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In poetry:

That power the old-time worships knew,
The Corybantes' frenzied dance,
The Pythian priestess swooning through
The wonderland of trance.
"Sweet Fern" by John Greenleaf Whittier
This is the peregrine star that will return,
Faithful to the olden ephemerides;
The torch of corybantic mysteries;
The spark still burning in the stoppered urn.
"Amor" by Clark Ashton Smith
Such a fate as this was Dante's,
By defeat and exile maddened;
Thus were Milton and Cervantes,
Nature's priests and Corybantes,
By affliction touched and saddened.
"Prometheus, Or, The Poet's Forethought. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The First)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
I know thee who thou art,
The inmost fiend that curlest
Thy vampire tounge about
Earth's corybantic heart,
Hell's warrior that whirlest
The darts of horror and doubt !
"The Twins" by Aleister Crowley
Thus has he ever written, knowing well
What kind of heed to give the countless strings
Of those who, like the Corybantes, yell
When some slow good grows out of human things.
"Carlyle" by Alexander Anderson
Excites the Corybantes with such ire
As springs from malice! This nor ocean's swell
Lash'd with the storm, nor Noric-sword, nor fire
Nor Jupiter with all his bolts can quell.
"Tyndaris (From Horace.)" by Martin Farquhar Tupper