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dithyramb

[dith-uh-ram, -ramb] /ˈdɪθ əˌræm, -ˌræmb/
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
1595-1605; < Latin dīthyrambus < Greek dīthýrambos
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British Dictionary definitions for dithyrambs

dithyramb

/ˈdɪθɪˌræm; -ˌræmb/
noun
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
Word Origin
C17: from Latin dīthyrambus, from Greek dithurambos; related to iambosiamb
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Word Origin and History for dithyrambs

dithyramb

n.

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

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