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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.


(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]


(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.


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.
See also: Greece and Greeks
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