orgy

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Originally in plural from French orgies, from Latin orgia, from Ancient Greek ὄργια (órgia, secret rites, mysteries).

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orgy (plural orgies)

  1. Originally, secret rites or ceremonies, typically involving riotous and dissolute behaviour, including dancing, drunkenness and indiscriminate sexual activity, undertaken in honour of various pagan gods or goddesses (such as Attis, Bacchus, Ceres, Dionysus, Osiris, etc).
    • 1936, Rollo Ahmed, The Black Art, London: Long, page 39:
      Human sacrifices of a definitely black magical order too place at the tomb of Osiris, while similar orgies with human victims were performed at Heliopolis.
  2. A gathering of people to engage in group sex.
  3. Excessive indulgence in a specified activity.

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