Definition of Rhapsody

1. Noun. An epic poem adapted for recitation.

Generic synonyms: Epic, Epic Poem, Epos, Heroic Poem
Derivative terms: Rhapsodise, Rhapsodize



Definition of Rhapsody

1. n. A recitation or song of a rhapsodist; a portion of an epic poem adapted for recitation, or usually recited, at one time; hence, a division of the Iliad or the Odyssey; -- called also a book.

Definition of Rhapsody

1. Noun. An ancient Greek epic poem (or part of one) suitable for uninterrupted recitation. ¹

2. Noun. (obsolete) A random collection or medley; a miscellany or confused string of stories, words etc. ¹

3. Noun. An exalted or exaggeratedly enthusiastic expression of feeling in speech or writing. ¹

4. Noun. (music) An instrumental composition of irregular form often incorporating improvisation. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Rhapsody

1. an exalted expression of feeling [n -DIES]

Medical Definition of Rhapsody

1. Origin: F. Rhapsodie, L. Rhapsodia, Gr, fr. A rhapsodist; to sew, stith together, unite + a song. See Ode. 1. A recitation or song of a rhapsodist; a portion of an epic poem adapted for recitation, or usually recited, at one time; hence, a division of the Iliad or the Odyssey; called also a book. 2. A disconnected series of sentences or statements composed under excitement, and without dependence or natural connection; rambling composition. "A rhapsody of words." . "A rhapsody of tales." 3. A composition irregular in form, like an improvisation; as, Liszt's "Hungarian Rhapsodies." Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Rhapsody

rhapsodic
rhapsodical
rhapsodically
rhapsodies
rhapsodise
rhapsodised
rhapsodises
rhapsodising
rhapsodist
rhapsodists
rhapsodize
rhapsodized
rhapsodizes
rhapsodizing
rhapsody (current term)
rhason
rhasons
rhatanhy
rhatanies
rhatany
rhathymia
rhe
rhea
rheae
rheas
rhebok
rheboks
rhedarium
rheeboc

Literary usage of Rhapsody

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1. The Poetical Works of Jonathan Swift by Jonathan Swift (1833)
"But man we find the only creature Who, led by Folly, combats Nature; 1 The rhapsody is one of the Dean's most spirited poems. He altered it considerably at ..."

2. The Works of the English Poets, from Chaucer to Cowper: Including the Series by Alexander Chalmers, Samuel Johnson (1810)
"OK POETRY: A rhapsody. 1733 ALL human race would fain be veils, And millions miss for one that hits. Young's universal passion, pride, Wat never known to ..."

3. The Literary Study of the Bible: An Account of the Leading Forms of by Richard Green Moulton (1899)
"The full force of this part of the Bible is brought out by considering it a rhapsody, — the prophetic form made by the fusion of all literary forms in one; ..."

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