dithyramb


dith·y·ramb

noun \ˈdi-thi-ˌram(b)\
plural dith·y·rambs\-ˌramz\

Definition of DITHYRAMB

1
:  a usually short poem in an inspired wild irregular strain
2
:  a statement or writing in an exalted or enthusiastic vein
dith·y·ram·bic \ˌdi-thi-ˈram-bik\ adjective
dith·y·ram·bi·cal·ly \-bi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of DITHYRAMB

  1. <a tongue-in-cheek dithyramb in honor of the chocolate chip cookie>

Origin of DITHYRAMB

Greek dithyrambos
First Known Use: circa 1647

dithyramb

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Choric poem, chant, or hymn of ancient Greece. Dithyrambs were sung by revelers at the festival in honour of Dionysus. The form originated about the 7th century BC in extemporaneous songs of banqueters; it was a recognized literary genre by the end of the 6th century BC. Dithyrambs were composed by Arion and Pindar, among others. By c. 450 BC the form was in decline; most dithyrambs were bombastic and turgid.

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