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[dith-uh-ram-bik] /ˌdɪθ əˈræm bɪk/
of, relating to, or of the nature of a dithyramb, or an impassioned oration.
wildly irregular in form.
wildly enthusiastic.
Origin of dithyrambic
1595-1605; < Latin dithyrambicus < Greek dithyrambikós. See dithyramb, -ic
Related forms
dithyrambically, adverb
undithyrambic, adjective Unabridged
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  • It was a dithyrambic of the wildest and most passionate enthusiasm, inciting to carnage and fury.

  • Why then should we not join in dithyrambic oratory, and set all our mores to optimism?

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • I mean a girl of our civilisation which has established a dithyrambic phraseology for the expression of love.

    Chance Joseph Conrad
  • "Patriotic" history and dithyrambic literature never can do it.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • He wrote a dithyrambic, or Bacchic ode in free stanzas, and addressed it to Constantius.

    The Death of the Gods Dmitri Mrejkowski
  • This was the dithyrambic exaltation they had ardently waited for.

  • I assure you that I am not in the least degree capable of writing a dithyrambic ode, or any other kind of ode.

    Maria Edgeworth Helen Zimmern
  • After the politicians, I went to the poets; tragic, dithyrambic, and all sorts.

    Apology Plato
  • When he came to the distribution of the prizes, he painted the joy of the prize-winners in dithyrambic strophes.

    Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
  • Weber made of it a dithyrambic, in which the glittering display of vanished magnificence again appeared in its ancient glory.

    Life of Chopin Franz Liszt
British Dictionary definitions for dithyrambic


(prosody) of or relating to a dithyramb
passionately eloquent
Derived Forms
dithyrambically, adverb
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