- Wild; frenzied.
“The concert audience became louder and corybantic as soon as the lights dimmed.”
“The corybantic guitar solo required weeks of practice before he could play it at full speed.”
“When I hear my favorite song, I can’t help but start moving in a corybantic, joyful dance.”
Greek, mid-17th century
Why this word?
Cybele was the Phrygian goddess of nature. The Latin name for her priests was “Corybantes,” and they were known for performing wild dances to worship the goddess. The adjective “corybantic” draws from this tradition, but it can be used to describe anything done in a wild and frenzied manner, not just dancing.
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