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Thursday, December 30, 2010

dithyrambic

\dith-uh-RAM-bik\ , adjective;
1.
Wildly enthusiastic.
2.
Wildly irregular in form.
3.
Of, pertaining to, or of the nature of a dithyramb.
Quotes:
"I didn't know anyone could ever become dithyrambic about algebra," said Dick.
-- Joseph A. Altsheler, The Tree of Appomattox
This was the dithyrambic exaltation they had ardently waited for.
-- Bret Harte, A Protegee of Jack Hamlin's and other Stories
Origin:
Dithyrambic is ultimately from dithyrambos, a word of unknown origin but associated with Greek, meaning "a wild choric hymn, originally in honor of Dionysus."
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