1. Of, pertaining to, or resembling a dithyramb; especially, passionate, intoxicated with enthusiasm.
    • 1985, Paul Binding, Harmonica's Bridegroom , ISBN 0552991384, page 131:
      ... thighs appear to be continuously alighting and pausing in mid-air, detached from their dithyrambic owners, like luminous birds on the wing.
    • 2000, Ian C. Johnston, The Birth of Tragedy by Friedrich Nietzsche, page 104:
      The dithyrambic chorus is a chorus of transformed people, for whom their social past, their civic position, is entirely forgotten.
    • 2005, William Forbes Gray, Some Old Scots Judges: Anecdotes and Impressions , ISBN 1584774967, page 25:
      Nevertheless, if one has time and, still more, the patience to search whole acres of dithyrambic prose, he shall have his reward.

dithyrambic (plural dithyrambics)

  1. A dithyramb.
    • 1775, Anonymous, review of the West translation of Pindar's Olympic Odes, in The Critical Review, volume 40, page 451,
      As we have no remains of the dithyrambics of the ancients, we cannot exactly ascertain the measure.

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