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hymn

[him] /hɪm/
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
1000
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)
Related forms
hymner
[him-er, -ner] /ˈhɪm ər, -nər/ (Show IPA),
noun
hymnlike, adjective
unhymned, adjective
Can be confused
him, hymn.
Synonyms
1. anthem, psalm, paean.
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Examples from the web for hymns
  • His poems were not only memorized but set to music as hymns.
  • Soon the seminarians were clapping in rhythm, rocking back and forth to old hymns that had taken on new life.
  • Thousands lined the streets to wave farewell and sing the old anthems and hymns.
  • They would often offer advice, spiritual guidance-even sing hymns.
  • Computers project the words of the hymns onto huge screens, and the temperature is perfectly controlled.
  • Although there was organ music, no hymns were sung, and no one else spoke.
  • As the prayers and hymns flow one after the other, they become antsy.
  • We have several sacred hymns of his, instructions for catechumens, and other pious works.
  • Along with buying recordings of worship songs and hymns, users can create and download sheet music for church bands and choirs.
  • Staples transformed the soundtrack of her past into an extended meditation, a series of hymns to perseverance.
British Dictionary definitions for hymns

hymn

/hɪm/
noun
1.
a Christian song of praise sung to God or a saint
2.
a similar song praising other gods, a nation, etc
verb
3.
to express (praises, thanks, etc) by singing hymns
Derived Forms
hymnic (ˈhɪmnɪk) adjective
hymnlike, adjective
Word Origin
C13: from Latin hymnus, from Greek humnos
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Word Origin and History for hymns

hymn

n.

c.1000, from Old French ymne and Old English ymen, both from Latin hymnus "song of praise," from Greek hymnos "song or ode in praise of gods or heroes," used in Septuagint for various Hebrew words meaning "song praising God." Possibly a variant of hymenaios "wedding song," from Hymen, Greek god of marriage (see hymen), or from a PIE root *sam- "to sing" (cf. Hittite išhamai "he sings," Sanskrit saman- "hymn, song") [Watkins]. Evidence for the silent -n- dates from at least 1530.

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hymns in the Bible

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.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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