dithyramb

dithyramb

[dith-uh-ram, -ramb]
noun
1.
a Greek choral song or chant of vehement or wild character and of usually irregular form, originally in honor of Dionysus or Bacchus.
2.
any poem or other composition having similar characteristics, as an impassioned or exalted theme or irregular form.
3.
any wildly enthusiastic speech or writing.

Origin:
1595–1605; < Latin dīthyrambus < Greek dīthýrambos

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dithyramb (ˈdɪθɪˌræm, -ˌræmb)
 
n
1.  (in ancient Greece) a passionate choral hymn in honour of Dionysus; the forerunner of Greek drama
2.  any utterance or a piece of writing that resembles this
 
[C17: from Latin dīthyrambus, from Greek dithurambos; related to iambosiamb]

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dithyramb
c.1600, from L. dithyrambus, from Gk. dithyrambos, of unknown origin, perhaps a pre-Hellenic loan-word. A wild choric hymn, originally in honor of Dionysus. Related: Dithyrambic.
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