dithyramb dithyramb  /ˈdɪ θə ˌræm/


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


  1. The dynamic, petite and greatly gifted Alice Playten makes a spastic dithyramb of her takeoff on Mick Jagger.
  2. For the next 20 minutes Teddy repeated his familiar dithyramb to the Kennedys' longtime political handyman.
  3. Almost as good is his dithyramb on Russia at war.

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