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Meaning of DITHYRAMB

Pronunciation:  'dithu`ram

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  (ancient Greece) a passionate hymn (usually in honor of Dionysus)
  2. [n]  a wildly enthusiastic speech or piece of writing

DITHYRAMB is a 9 letter word that starts with D.


 See Also: address, anthem, hymn, piece of writing, speech, writing, written material



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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.