dith·​y·​ramb | \ ˈdi-thi-ˌram(b) How to pronounce dithyramb (audio) \
plural dithyrambs\ ˈdi-​thi-​ˌramz How to pronounce dithyramb (audio) \

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

Other Words from dithyramb

dithyrambic \ ˌdi-​thi-​ˈram-​bik How to pronounce dithyramb (audio) \ adjective
dithyrambically \ ˌdi-​thi-​ˈram-​bi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce dithyramb (audio) \ adverb

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In ancient Greece, the wine god Dionysus (or Bacchus) was feted several times throughout the year. Processions, feasts, dances, and dramatic performances, accompanied by poems recited or sung in the god's honor, were all part of the revelry. Not too surprisingly, the poems tended to be wild, irregular, and dissonant. We know that the Greeks used dithyrambos as the word for a poem in honor of Dionysus, but beyond that the origin of the word is unknown. The ancient Greeks also had an adjective, dithyrambikos, which gave us our adjective dithyrambic, meaning "pertaining to or resembling a dithyramb."

Examples of dithyramb in a Sentence

a tongue-in-cheek dithyramb in honor of the chocolate chip cookie

First Known Use of dithyramb

circa 1647, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dithyramb

Greek dithyrambos

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“Dithyramb.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dithyramb. Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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