- 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.
Origin of dithyramb
Examples from the Web for dithyramb
His contribution to choral poetry was the elaboration of the dithyramb.Studies of the Greek Poets (Vol I of 2)
John Addington Symonds
Rhetoric and dithyramb were gone from his speech and habit of mind.Red Fleece
Will Levington Comfort
This was due to the introduction among the Dorians The dithyramb.
Eden smiled at the dithyramb as were she listening to some fay she did not see.Eden
For the first time Verhaeren finds the form of the poem of the future—the dithyramb.mile Verhaeren
- (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
Word Origin and History for dithyramb
c.1600, from Latin dithyrambus, from Greek dithyrambos, of unknown origin, perhaps a pre-Hellenic loan-word. A wild choric hymn, originally in honor of Dionysus or Bacchus. Related: Dithyrambic.