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[sah-mist] /ˈsɑ mɪst/
an author of psalms.
the Psalmist, David, the traditional author of the Psalms.
Origin of psalmist
1475-85; < Late Latin psalmista. See psalm, -ist
Related forms
antipsalmist, noun, adjective Unabridged
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  • In it the psalmist calls upon himself to praise Yahwe: “Bless my soul Yahwe.”

  • The psalmist says distinctly that God has commanded his angels to guide us in all our ways.

    The Phantom World Augustin Calmet
  • The psalmist has felt the exhaustion of long sorrow and the shortness of his term.

  • Only to-day the words of the psalmist were revealed to me. '

    Legends of the Rhine Wilhelm Ruland
  • The psalmist says—“Yea mine own familiar friend in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me.”

  • So the psalmist says, “The righteous shall not lack anything that is good.”

    The Way of All Flesh Samuel Butler
  • Like the psalmist, she could have "said in her heart, all men are liars."

    Bluebell Mrs. George Croft Huddleston
  • Yea, the psalmist crieth, ‘Numquid adhaeret Tibi sedes iniquitatis?’

    In Convent Walls Emily Sarah Holt
  • The psalmist begins with earnest invocation of God's help, beseeching Him to break His apparent inactivity and silence.

  • Yet the psalmist speaks of God as “He that teacheth man knowledge.”

    In Convent Walls Emily Sarah Holt
British Dictionary definitions for psalmist


the composer of a psalm or psalms, esp (when capital and preceded by the) David, traditionally regarded as the author of The Book of Psalms
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Word Origin and History for psalmist

late 15c. (replacing psalmistre, late 14c.), from Middle French psalmiste and directly from Church Latin psalmista, from Ecclesiastical Greek psalmistes, from psalmizein "to sing psalms," from psalmos (see psalm).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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