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#122942 - 02/15/04 03:17 PM dionysian
wwh Offline
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Date: Thu Feb 27 00:05:21 EST 1997
Subject: A.Word.A.Day--dionysian
Di-o-nys-i-an adj. 1. a. Of or relating to Dionysus or the Dionysia. b. Of or relating to any of several historical persons named Dionysus. 2. a. Of or devoted to the worship of Dionysus b. Often dionysian. Of an ecstatic, orgiastic, or irrational nature; frenzied. 3. Often dionysian.
In the philosophy of Nietzsche, of or characteristic of
creative-intuitive power as opposed to critical-rational power.




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#122943 - 02/16/04 10:37 AM Re: dionysian
jheem Offline
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Registered: 01/06/04
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Loc: California
The name Dennis in English is dionysian. Saint Dionysius?


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#122944 - 02/16/04 11:35 AM Re: dionysian
Fiberbabe Offline
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Registered: 01/12/01
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Loc: Portland, Oregon
I'll see that and raise you Dionysus the Menace.


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#122945 - 02/16/04 11:47 AM Re: dionysian
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Dear Fiberbabe: your "menace" prompted me to get etymology:
menace (n.) - c.1300, "declaration of hostile intent," also "act of threatening," from O.Fr. menace, from V.L. minacia "threat, menace," sing. of L. minaciŠ "threatening things," from minax (gen. minacis) "threatening," from minari "threaten, jut, project," from minŠ "threats, projecting points." Applied to persons from 1936. The verb is attested from 1303.

Which reminded me of a word I have found useful:"
"minatory" meaning threatening.


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