a Greek choral song or chant of vehement or wild character and of usually irregular form, originally in honor of Dionysus or Bacchus.
any poem or other composition having similar characteristics, as an impassioned or exalted theme or irregular form.
any wildly enthusiastic speech or writing.
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How to use dithyramb in a sentence
It seems to have resolved itself into something which wants a name,something which is partly dithyramb and partly rhetoric.Ephemera Critica | John Churton Collins
(Ἀντηνορίδαι, the first of the dithyrambs), and breaks off after verse 11 of the last dithyramb,Ἴδας.
Tragedy—as also Comedy—was at first mere improvisation—the one (tragedy) originated with the leaders of the dithyramb.Ancient Art and Ritual | Jane Ellen Harrison
It is only quite 84lately that they have come at all to see that the dithyramb was a Spring Song, a primitive rite.Ancient Art and Ritual | Jane Ellen Harrison
And even as the dithyramb had been pressed into the service of poetry, so was drinking made rhythmic by music.Critical & Historical Essays | Edward MacDowell
British Dictionary definitions for dithyramb
(in ancient Greece) a passionate choral hymn in honour of Dionysus; the forerunner of Greek drama
any utterance or a piece of writing that resembles this
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