dithyramb

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Etymology[edit]

Ancient Greek διθύραμβος(dithúrambos). According to the American Heritage Dictionary, it is of non-Indo-European origin, related to θρίαμβος and ἴαμβος.

Noun[edit]

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dithyramb ‎(plural dithyrambs)

  1. A choral hymn sung in ancient Athens in honor of the god Dionysus.
  2. A poem or oration in the same style.
    • 1969, Robert Conquest, “George Orwell”, in Arias from a Love Opera, and Other Poems,[1] 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.

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