Dithyramb Dith"y*ramb, n. [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. [1913 Webster]

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  • dithyramb — англ. [ди/тирэм] dithyrambe фр. [дитира/нб], нем. [дитира/мбэ] ditirambo ит. [дитира/мбо] дифирамб …   Словарь иностранных музыкальных терминов

  • dithyramb — c.1600, from L. dithyrambus, from Gk. dithyrambos, of unknown origin, perhaps a pre Hellenic loan word. A wild choric hymn, originally in honor of Dionysus or Bacchus. Related: Dithyrambic …   Etymology dictionary

  • dithyramb — [dith′ə ram΄; ] also [, dith′ramb΄] n. [L dithyrambus < Gr dithyrambos] 1. in ancient Greece, an impassioned choric hymn in honor of Dionysus 2. any extravagantly emotional speech or writing dithyrambic [dith΄ə ram΄bik, dith΄ramb′bik] adj., n …   English World dictionary

  • Dithyramb — Attic relief (4th century BCE) depicting an aulos player and his family standing before Dionysos and a female consort, with theatrical masks displayed above. The dithyramb (διθύραμβος – dithurambos) was an ancient Greek hymn sung and danced in… …   Wikipedia

  • dithyramb — /dith euh ram , ramb /, n. 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 …   Universalium

  • dithyramb — noun a) A choral hymn sung in ancient Athens in honor of the god Dionysus. While those who drown a truth’s empiric part b) A poem or oration in the same style. In dithyramb or dogma turn frenetic; …   Wiktionary

  • dithyramb — noun (plural dithyrambs) Etymology: Greek dithyrambos Date: circa 1647 1. a usually short poem in an inspired wild irregular strain 2. a statement or writing in an exalted or enthusiastic vein • dithyrambic …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • DITHYRAMB —    a hymn in a lofty and vehement style, originally in honour of Bacchus, in celebration of his sorrows and joys, and accompanied with flute music …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • dithyramb — dith·y·ramb || dɪθɪræmb n. wildly enthusiastic speech; passionate hymn …   English contemporary dictionary

  • dithyramb — [ dɪθɪram(b)] noun a wildly ecstatic choral hymn of ancient Greece, especially one dedicated to the god Dionysus. ↘a passionate or inflated speech, poem, or text. Derivatives dithyrambic adjective Origin C17: via L. from Gk dithurambos …   English new terms dictionary

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