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 (dĭth′ĭ-răm′, -rămb′)
1. A frenzied, impassioned choric hymn and dance of ancient Greece in honor of Dionysus.
2. An irregular poetic expression suggestive of the ancient Greek dithyramb.
3. A wildly enthusiastic speech or piece of writing.

[Latin dīthyrambus, from Greek dīthurambos.]

dith′y·ramb′ic adj.
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(ˈdɪθɪˌræm; -ˌræmb)
1. (Poetry) (in ancient Greece) a passionate choral hymn in honour of Dionysus: the forerunner of Greek drama
2. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) any utterance or a piece of writing that resembles this
[C17: from Latin dīthyrambus, from Greek dithurambos; related to iambos iamb]
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(ˈdɪθ əˌræm, -ˌræmb)

1. a Greek choral song or chant of vehement or wild character and usu. of irregular form.
2. any wildly enthusiastic speech or writing.
[1595–1605; < Latin dīthyrambus < Greek dīthýrambos]
dith`y•ram′bic (-bɪk) adj.
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Ancient Greece. a choral chant of a wild and abandoned nature; hence, any poem or similar composition of this nature, especially one of irregular form. — dithyrambic, adj.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dithyramb - a wildly enthusiastic speech or piece of writing
piece of writing, written material, writing - the work of a writer; anything expressed in letters of the alphabet (especially when considered from the point of view of style and effect); "the writing in her novels is excellent"; "that editorial was a fine piece of writing"
speech, address - the act of delivering a formal spoken communication to an audience; "he listened to an address on minor Roman poets"
2.dithyramb - (ancient Greece) a passionate hymn (usually in honor of Dionysus)
hymn, anthem - a song of praise (to God or to a saint or to a nation)
Ellas, Greece, Hellenic Republic - a republic in southeastern Europe on the southern part of the Balkan peninsula; known for grapes and olives and olive oil
antiquity - the historic period preceding the Middle Ages in Europe
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The word "poetry" is used in translation as synonymous with "fine art." Among the arts mentioned by Aristotle are epic poetry, tragedy, comedy, dithyrambic poetry, flute playing, and lyre playing.
Dithyrambic poetry flourished for several centuries.