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

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Other Words from dithyramb

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

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.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dithyramb. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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