from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A frenzied, impassioned choric hymn and dance of ancient Greece in honor of Dionysus.
- n. An irregular poetic expression suggestive of the ancient Greek dithyramb.
- n. A wildly enthusiastic speech or piece of writing.
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- n. A choral hymn sung in ancient Athens in honor of the god Dionysus.
- n. A poem or oration in the same style.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A kind of lyric poetry in honor of Bacchus, usually sung by a band of revelers to a flute accompaniment; hence, in general, a poem written in a wild irregular strain.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A form of Greek lyric composition, originally a choral song in honor of Dionysus, afterward of other gods, heroes, etc.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a wildly enthusiastic speech or piece of writing
- n. (ancient Greece) a passionate hymn (usually in honor of Dionysus)
The dithyramb is a chant in chorus in honour of a god or a hero.
His last letter is a kind of dithyramb about "Lohengrin," which naturally predisposes me favourably towards the man.
This dithyramb had a specific provocation: “While I was at Harvard,” she wrote with grave alarm, “I saw Professors smoking cigarettes.”
This man was a harper second to none of those who then lived, and the first, so far as we know, who composed a dithyramb, naming it so and teaching it to a chorus at Corinth.
With that, wallow in dithyramb and eulogy, and the second edition shall vanish like smoke.
The fifth book commences in a sort of dithyramb with another and higher preamble about the honour due to the soul, whence are deduced the duties of a man to his parents and his friends, to the suppliant and stranger.
Besides outdoing in dithyramb what ABN does in Spanish, besides being equally forgetful of historical planning and delays, it errs quite a lot on the historical context.
Early in the banquet [the symposium], libations were poured to Dionysus, god of wine, and a dithyramb, a song-and-dance to the inebriating god, was beaten out.
This man was a harper second to none of those who then lived, and the first, so far as we know, who composed a dithyramb, naming it so and teaching it to a chorus22 at Corinth.
Mysians as a dithyramb in the Dorian mode, found it impossible, and fell back by the very nature of things into the more appropriate