Dionysian

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Dionysian

[dē·onis′ē·ən]
Etymology: Gk, Dionysos, Greek god of wine
the personal attitude of one who is uninhibited, mystic, sensual, emotional, and irrational and who may seek to escape from the boundaries imposed by the limits of the senses.
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Recognizing that each of the characters has both Apollonian and Dionysian associations, Riede suggests that while "the Nietzschean terms help to define the world of Empedocles on Etna" it is impossible to discern a clear dialogue between Apollonian and Dionysian forces in the poem (p.
Despite serious reservations about White's supposed "genealogy of autonomy," his treatment of the synthesis of the Apollonian and Dionysian, the image of the tension between Dionysian "self-abandonment" and Apollonian "self-appropriation," is lucid, insightful, and persuasive.
How might it be, for instance, if later-twentieth-century feminist theory were bypassed, and this body of work--with all its dangerous, unstable vitality and its contradictory Apollonian and Dionysian faces--rerouted directly through such theory's eminence grise, Friedrich Nietzsche?
James Pilkington, bishop of Durham early in Elizabeth's reign, emerges as a moderate Calvinist with a theology compounded of what Hardman calls Apollonian and Dionysian elements; his social concerns were evidently deeply felt and his views of the religious and political establishment he served were sometimes sharply critical.