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hymnody

[him-nuh-dee] /ˈhɪm nə di/
noun
1.
the singing or the composition of hymns or sacred songs.
2.
hymns collectively, especially the collective hymns of a specific religion, place, or period.
Origin
1705-1715
1705-15; < Medieval Latin hymnōdia < Greek hymnōidía chanting of a hymn, equivalent to hýmn(os) hymn + ōidía singing (aoid- sing (see ode) + -ia -ia)
Related forms
hymnodical
[him-nod-i-kuh l] /hɪmˈnɒd ɪ kəl/ (Show IPA),
adjective
hymnodist, noun
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hymnody

/ˈhɪmnədɪ/
noun
1.
the composition or singing of hymns
2.
hymns collectively
Also called hymnology
Derived Forms
hymnodical (hɪmˈnɒdɪkəl) adjective
Word Origin
C18: from Medieval Latin hymnōdia, from Greek humnōidia, from humnōidein to chant a hymn, from hymn + aeidein to sing
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