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choric

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj choric relating to or written for or in the style of a Greek chorus "a choric Greek tragedy"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Choric Of or pertaining to a chorus. "I remember a choric ode in the Hecuba."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • choric Of or pertaining to a chorus; specifically, fitted for the use of the chorus in the ancient Greek drama: as, choric meters, poems, or compositions (that is, the more elaborate as opposed to the simpler meters, etc.). See chorus, 1 .
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. choricus, Gr.

Usage

In literature:

The choruses were choric songs in its praise.
"The Phoenix and the Carpet" by E. Nesbit
During the choric dance (3) he is driven away into ignominious quarters.
"The Polity of the Athenians and the Lacedaemonians" by Xenophon
Shall they sing a choric strain?
"Laws" by Plato
The Episode is that entire part of a tragedy which is between complete choric songs.
"Poetics" by Aristotle
Mr. Beebe watched them, and watched the seeds of the willow-herb dance chorically above their heads.
"A Room With A View" by E. M. Forster
There was a wonderful rhythmic, almost choric, force in the time kept, which made it almost impossible to sit still.
"The Lady of the Shroud" by Bram Stoker
Courtly friends, guards, and a choric bridal company, form a circle.
"Vittoria, Complete" by George Meredith
So let's join ranks and seal our bargain with a choric song.
"Lysistrata" by Aristophanes
His priests and generals, captives and choric women, are as little Greek as they are modern.
"Renaissance in Italy Vol. 3" by John Addington Symonds
The choric question is, however, a subject in itself, and cannot be fairly dealt with here.
"The Dance (by An Antiquary)" by Anonymous
The choric dance and song with a religious purpose.
"How to Listen to Music, 7th ed." by Henry Edward Krehbiel
The central topic of the choric speech is the essential limitations of all scenic appliances.
"Shakespeare and the Modern Stage" by Sir Sidney Lee
So in "The Wild Goose," in which Ned Carmady represents one year's outlook of Mr. Moore, there is only one choric observation.
"Irish Plays and Playwrights" by Cornelius Weygandt
And the Great Sloth wearies us with the singing of choric songs when we long to be asleep.
"The Magic City" by Edith Nesbit
Its choric structure is masterly, its spirit is running fire.
"Contemporary American Composers" by Rupert Hughes
A dithyramb is defined by Grote as a round choric dance and song in honour of the wine-god.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 5" by Various
It contains two choric pieces of some beauty.
"A Short History of French Literature" by George Saintsbury
Debussy's choric orchestra is often as remarkable for what it does not say as for what it does.
"Aspects of Modern Opera" by Lawrence Gilman
The choruses were choric songs in its praise.
"The Strand Magazine, Vol. 27, No. 161, May 1904" by Various
The bold theme so eloquently proclaimed at the outset is solemnly sounded with choric pomp and power.
"Franz Liszt" by James Huneker
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In poetry:

Above the meres and mountains,
With unseen sandals shod,
Above the plains, with choric strains,
Sweep by the winds of God.
"The Winds Of God" by Clinton Scollard
"Music and flowers and light,
And choric dances to guitar and flute,
Be these around me when my lips are mute,
Mine eyes are sealed from sight.
"Don Rafael" by Emma Lazarus
For when the spirit waxes numb,
Alien and strange these shows become,
And stricken with life's tedium
The streams run dry,
The choric spheres themselves are dumb,
And dead the sky,—
"A Child's Hair" by William Watson
Nature! we storm thine ear with choric notes.
Thou answerest through the calm great nights and days,
"Laud me who will: not tuneless are your throats;
Yet if ye paused I should not miss the praise."
"Wordsworth's Grave" by William Watson