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[dith-uh-ram-bik] /ˌdɪθ əˈræm bɪk/
of, relating to, or of the nature of a dithyramb, or an impassioned oration.
wildly irregular in form.
wildly enthusiastic.
Origin of dithyrambic
1595-1605; < Latin dithyrambicus < Greek dithyrambikós. See dithyramb, -ic
Related forms
dithyrambically, adverb
undithyrambic, adjective Unabridged
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  • And of harp-playing and dithyrambic poetry in general, what would you say?

    Gorgias Plato
  • After the politicians, I went to the poets; tragic, dithyrambic, and all sorts.

    Apology Plato
  • It is glorified for popularity, and is a subject of dithyrambic rhetoric.


    William Graham Sumner
  • Why then should we not join in dithyrambic oratory, and set all our mores to optimism?


    William Graham Sumner
  • "Patriotic" history and dithyrambic literature never can do it.


    William Graham Sumner
  • This was the dithyrambic exaltation they had ardently waited for.

  • Weber made of it a dithyrambic, in which the glittering display of vanished magnificence again appeared in its ancient glory.

    Life of Chopin Franz Liszt
  • I mean a girl of our civilisation which has established a dithyrambic phraseology for the expression of love.

    Chance Joseph Conrad
  • Turning to the dithyrambic utterances of the London Press at the time we can hardly wonder at the hallucination.

    In the Heart of Vosges Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • Iversen said, not particularly grateful for support from such a dithyrambic source as the ship's medical officer.

    Once a Greech Evelyn E. Smith
British Dictionary definitions for dithyrambic


(prosody) of or relating to a dithyramb
passionately eloquent
Derived Forms
dithyrambically, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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