[ dith-uh-ram-bik ]
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  1. of, relating to, or of the nature of a dithyramb, or an impassioned oration.

  2. wildly irregular in form.

  1. wildly enthusiastic.

Origin of dithyrambic

1595–1605; <Latin dithyrambicus<Greek dithyrambikós.See dithyramb, -ic

Other words from dithyrambic

  • dith·y·ram·bi·cal·ly, adverb
  • un·dith·y·ram·bic, adjective

Words Nearby dithyrambic

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How to use dithyrambic in a sentence

  • "Let me celebrate, above all, the little red wine," says Ambrose in a brief dithyrambic note.

    The Secret Glory | Arthur Machen
  • Popular satisfaction manifested itself in enthusiastic fetes and dithyrambic felicitations.

    The War Upon Religion | Rev. Francis A. Cunningham
  • The National Assembly soon tired of Chaumette's dithyrambic utterances.

    The Elusive Pimpernel | Baroness Emmuska Orczy
  • Finally, the pages of the Autobiography ring with the dithyrambic praise of his "almost infallible counsellor."

    On Liberty | John Stuart Mill
  • Now and then a dithyrambic rapture came over him, especially when there was wine in his blood.

    Atlantis | Gerhart Hauptmann

British Dictionary definitions for dithyrambic


/ (ˌdɪθɪˈræmbɪk) /

  1. prosody of or relating to a dithyramb

  2. passionately eloquent

Derived forms of dithyrambic

  • dithyrambically, adverb

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