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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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You have conceived my meaning perfectly; and if I mistake not, what you failed to apprehend before is now made clear to you, that poetry and mythology are, in some cases, wholly imitative-- instances of this are supplied by tragedy and comedy; there is likewise the opposite style, in which the my poet is the only speaker-- of this the dithyramb affords the best example; and the combination of both is found in epic, and in several other styles of poetry.
The same thing holds good of Dithyrambs and Nomes; here too one may portray different types, as Timotheus and Philoxenus differed in representing their Cyclopes.
Casaubon that evening, or on his dithyrambs about Dorothea's charm, in all which Will joined, but with a difference.
Formerly the dithyramb was stretched out like a rope
Kushner's modest memories and Sobchak's dithyramb define two extremes, toward one or the other of which almost all Petersburgian tributes over the summer tended: either the unwieldy magnitude of the marble, burdened further by its very Roman bas-relief of Brodsky's silhouette, or the memories of childhood friends; either what he has become, posthumously, or what he used to be.
In his play The Dithyramb of the Rose (1932), as well as in his other Messianic plays, including Sibyl (1940), Daedalus in Crete (1943), and Christ in Rome (1946), Sikelianos constructs an alternative reality with its own dynamics and ontological imperatives, while Kazantzakis pits his heroes against the fundamental realities of the human condition.
Pickard-Cambridge, Dithyramb, Tragedy and [Comedy.sup.2], rev.
The dithyramb began to achieve literary distinction about 600 BC, when the poet Arion composed works of this type, gave them names, and formally presented them at the Great Dionysia competitions at Corinth.
The way to avoid being a komodoumenos, or at any rate the way to avoid the worst excesses of comic satire, may be summed up in three pieces of advice: (1) don't write or perform drama or dithyramb; (2) don't give, and preferably don't attend, extravagant parties and entertainments; and (3) if you must be a politician, don't be beastly to the rich, whether in Athens or in the allied states.(76) It might be no laughing matter.
His earlier problems with craft solved, I suspect the encouragement came from the dithyramb of voices, fictional and factual, that he continued to hear around him (he pays homage in the beginning of "Memorial" to "The Things They Carried").
Claiming Sicyonian origin and [GREEK TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] Scirtus seems to enjoy being involved in that tangle of [GREEK TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], dithyramb and satyr-play which had Sicyon and Phlius as its joint background.
Satyr plays are believed to have developed from the dithyramb, a hymn to Dionysus, concurrently with tragedy.