dithyrambic

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj dithyrambic of or in the manner of a dithyramb
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Dithyrambic Pertaining to, or resembling, a dithyramb; wild and boisterous. "Dithyrambic sallies."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • dithyrambic In the style of a dithyramb.
    • dithyrambic Intensely lyrical; bacchanalian.
    • n dithyrambic A dithyramb.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Dithyrambic of or like a dithyramb: enthusiastic: wild and boisterous
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. dithyrambicus, Gr. : cf. F. dithyrambique,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—Gr. dithyrambos, a hymn in honour of Bacchus.

Usage

In literature:

HERMOGENES: A real dithyrambic sort of name that, Socrates.
"Cratylus" by Plato
It arose from the dithyrambic chorus that was sung at the festivals of Dionysus.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 1"
In truth, her new capacity for dithyramb was no less surprising to herself than to Delaine.
"Lady Merton, Colonist" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
A DITHYRAMBIC, OR DRINKING SONG.
"The Works of Horace" by Horace
Zora listened to Clem Sypher's dithyrambics.
"Septimus" by William J. Locke
The voice of a great community wakened no lyric note in him, nor did his anger on its behalf break into dithyrambs.
"Robert Browning" by C. H. Herford
I repeated my dithyrambic eulogy.
"Jaffery" by William J. Locke
How well a dithyramb on the subject would go to a certain popular tune!
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 102, May 14, 1892" by Various
As far southwards as Tours the dithyrambic prevailed; Richard was untiring in the hunt for analogues.
"The Life and Death of Richard Yea-and-Nay" by Maurice Hewlett
The husband who commences with dithyramb is a fool.
"The Physiology of Marriage, Complete" by Honore de Balzac
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In poetry:

They say:"Be prudent" - and then comes this dithyramb:
Who thinks to strike Nero
"Tiptoes in and does not first cry out an iamb
"Nor make a bugle blow
"They Say:" by Victor Marie Hugo
What! are these the guests whose glances
Seemed like sunshine gleaming round me?
These the wild, bewildering fancies,
That with dithyrambic dances
As with magic circles bound me?
"Epimetheus, or the Poet's Afterthought. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The First)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
For a poet wrought in Panama
With a continent for his theme,
And he wrote with flood and fire
To forge a planet s dream,
And the derricks rang his dithyrambs
And his stanzas roared in steam.
"Goethals, The Prophet Engineer" by Percy MacKaye