Vocabulary: dithyramb – excessively exuberant speech


Title: Last Call
Author: Daniel Okrent
Sentence: This dithyramb had a specific provocation: "While I was at Harvard," she (Carry Nation) wrote with grave alarm, "I saw Professors smoking cigarettes."
Page: 25

Word: dithyramb
Definition:
  • in ancient Greece, an impassioned choric hymn in honor of Dionysus
  • any extravagantly emotional speech or writing
   Source: YourDictionary.com

Now I will know what to call it when a politician opens his pie hole.

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