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meaning :

  1. a choral hymn sung in ancient Athens in honor of the god Dionysus;
  2. any poem or other composition having similar characteristics, as an impassioned or exalted theme or irregular form;
  3. a passionate or inflated speech, poem, or other writing;

use : First know use: 1595-1605.

origin :  From Latin dīthyrambus, Greek dīthýrambos.

examples :

  1. He suddenly bursts into a dithyramb on what it is to be such a thing as a Canadian poet.
  2. His contribution to choral poetry was the elaboration of the dithyramb.
  3. Plato observes that the types were once distinct: a hymn would not be confused with a dirge, dithyramb, or paean.

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October 21, 2015

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