[ US /ˈdɪθɝˌæm/ ]
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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How To Use dithyramb In A Sentence

  • He suddenly bursts into a dithyramb on what it is to be such a thing as a Canadian poet.
  • His Bacco in Toscana, published in 1685, is subtitled ditirambo, the Greek dithyramb being a choral lyric in praise of Dionysus.
  • Epic, and tragic poetry, and also comedy and dithyramb and most flute and harp-music, are all by and large imitations.
  • Even Shelton had waxed philosophical and dithyrambic at his passing.
  • Let us recapitulate, since the steps Socrates is taking are so important for his critique of poetry (it is noteworthy that at several junctures, Socrates generalizes his results from epic to dithyrambic, encomiastic, iambic, and lyric poetry; 533e5-534a7, 534b7-c7). Plato on Rhetoric and Poetry
  • The dithyramb (_dithyrambos_ or Bacchic step, [- '' -]) brought a new step to the dance and therefore a new element into poetry, for all dances were choric, that is to say they were sung as well as danced. Critical and Historical Essays Lectures delivered at Columbia University
  • Plato observes that the types were once distinct: a hymn would not be confused with a dirge, dithyramb, or paean.
  • Lyric poetry This included dithyrambs, encomia, paeans, and hymns.
  • The dithyrambic chorus is a chorus of the transformed.
  • During the month of August 1881 my brother resolved to reveal the teaching of the Eternal Recurrence, in dithyrambic and psalmodic form, through the mouth of Zarathustra. Thus spake Zarathustra; A book for all and none
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