noun rhap·so·dy \ˈrap-sə-dē\

: a piece of music that is meant to express a lot of emotion and does not have a regular form

: a written or spoken expression of great enthusiasm, praise, etc.

plural rhap·so·dies

Full Definition of RHAPSODY

:  a portion of an epic poem adapted for recitation
archaic :  a miscellaneous collection
a (1) :  a highly emotional utterance (2) :  a highly emotional literary work (3) :  effusively rapturous or extravagant discourse
b :  rapture, ecstasy
:  a musical composition of irregular form having an improvisatory character

Examples of RHAPSODY

  1. The mayor launched into a long rhapsody about his plans for the city.
  2. <listening to Mozart always left him in a rhapsody that lingered for the remainder of the evening>

Origin of RHAPSODY

Latin rhapsodia, from Greek rhapsōidia recitation of selections from epic poetry, rhapsody, from rhapsōidos rhapsodist, from rhaptein to sew, stitch together + aidein to sing — more at ode
First Known Use: 1542

Other Literature Terms

apophasis, bathos, bildungsroman, bowdlerize, caesura, coda, doggerel, euphemism, poesy, prosody


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