hymn

[him]
noun
1.
a song or ode in praise or honor of God, a deity, a nation, etc.
2.
something resembling this, as a speech, essay, or book in praise of someone or something.
verb (used with object)
3.
to praise or celebrate in a hymn; express in a hymn.
verb (used without object)
4.
to sing hymns.

Origin:
before 1000; < Latin hymnus < Greek hýmnos song in praise of gods or heroes; replacing Middle English ymne (< Old French) and Old English ymn (< Late Latin ymnus)

hymner [him-er, -ner] , noun
hymnlike, adjective
unhymned, adjective

him, hymn.


1. anthem, psalm, paean.
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hymn (hɪm)
 
n
1.  a Christian song of praise sung to God or a saint
2.  a similar song praising other gods, a nation, etc
 
vb
3.  to express (praises, thanks, etc) by singing hymns
 
[C13: from Latin hymnus, from Greek humnos]
 
hymnic
 
adj
 
'hymnlike
 
adj

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hymn
c.1000, from O.Fr. ymne and O.E. ymen, both from L. hymnus "song of praise," from Gk. hymnos "song or ode in praise of gods or heroes," used in Septuagint for various Heb. words meaning "song praising God." Possibly a var. of hymenaios "wedding song," from Hymen, Gk. god of marriage (see
hymen). Evidence for the silent -n- dates from at least 1530.
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Hymn definition


occurs only Eph. 5:19 and Col. 3:16. The verb to "sing an hymn" occurs Matt. 26:30 and Mark 14:26. The same Greek word is rendered to "sing praises" Acts 16:25 (R.V., "sing hymns") and Heb. 2:12. The "hymn" which our Lord sang with his disciples at the last Supper is generally supposed to have been the latter part of the Hallel, comprehending Ps. 113-118. It was thus a name given to a number of psalms taken together and forming a devotional exercise. The noun hymn is used only with reference to the services of the Greeks, and was distinguished from the psalm. The Greek tunes required Greek hymns. Our information regarding the hymnology of the early Christians is very limited.

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Example sentences
The listings under voice include music as well as librettos and song and hymn texts.
In the face of the marvellous things that dazzle and intoxicate him, his first speech is a hymn simply.
The postwar record world is coming in on the wings of an old-fashioned hymn sing.
The saint's folk hymn finished, the rowers race to a cove down the coast, the flotilla in their wakes.
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