dithyramb

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Dithyramb \Dith"y*ramb\, noun [L. dithyrambus, Gr. ? a kind of lyric poetry in honor of Bacchus; also, a name of Bacchus; of unknown origin: cf. F. dithyrambe.] 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. --Bentley.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

dithyramb

noun

1: a wildly enthusiastic speech or piece of writing

2: (ancient Greece) a passionate hymn (usually in honor of Dionysus)


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