- a choral hymn sung in ancient Athens in honor of the god Dionysus;
- any poem or other composition having similar characteristics, as an impassioned or exalted theme or irregular form;
- a passionate or inflated speech, poem, or other writing;
use : First know use: 1595-1605.
origin : From Latin dīthyrambus, Greek dīthýrambos.
- He suddenly bursts into a dithyramb on what it is to be such a thing as a Canadian poet.
- His contribution to choral poetry was the elaboration of the dithyramb.
- Plato observes that the types were once distinct: a hymn would not be confused with a dirge, dithyramb, or paean.
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