dithyramb[dit̸h′ə ram′; also, -ramb′]
- in ancient Greece, an impassioned choric hymn in honor of Dionysus
- any extravagantly emotional speech or writing
Origin: Classical Latin dithyrambus ; from Classical Greek dithyrambos
- dithyrambic adjective, noun
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- A frenzied, impassioned choric hymn and dance of ancient Greece in honor of Dionysus.
- An irregular poetic expression suggestive of the ancient Greek dithyramb.
- A wildly enthusiastic speech or piece of writing.
Origin: Latin dīthyrambus, from Greek dīthurambos.
- dithˌy·rambˈic adjective