Ancient Greek διθύραμβος (dithúrambos). According to the American Heritage Dictionary, it is of non-Indo-European origin, related to θρίαμβος and ἴαμβος.
dithyramb (plural dithyrambs)
- A choral hymn sung in ancient Athens in honor of the god Dionysus.
- A poem or oration in the same style.
- 1969, Robert Conquest, “George Orwell”, in Arias from a Love Opera, and Other Poems, Macmillan, page 32,
- While those who drown a truth’s empiric part
- In dithyramb or dogma turn frenetic;
- — Than whom no writer could be less poetic
- He left this lesson for all verse, all art.
a choral hymn sung in ancient Athens in honor of the god Dionysus
a poem or oration in the same style