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dithyrambic

[dith-uh-ram-bik]
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adjective
  1. of, relating to, or of the nature of a dithyramb, or an impassioned oration.
  2. wildly irregular in form.
  3. wildly enthusiastic.
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Origin of dithyrambic

1595–1605; < Latin dithyrambicus < Greek dithyrambikós. See dithyramb, -ic
Related formsdith·y·ram·bi·cal·ly, adverbun·dith·y·ram·bic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for dithyrambic

Historical Examples

  • 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.

    Folkways

    William Graham Sumner

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

    Folkways

    William Graham Sumner

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

    Folkways

    William Graham Sumner


British Dictionary definitions for dithyrambic

dithyrambic

adjective
  1. prosody of or relating to a dithyramb
  2. passionately eloquent
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Derived Formsdithyrambically, adverb
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