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psalmody

[sah-muh-dee, sal-muh-] /ˈsɑ mə di, ˈsæl mə-/
noun, plural psalmodies.
1.
the act, practice, or art of setting psalms to music.
2.
psalms or hymns collectively.
3.
the act, practice, or art of singing psalms.
Origin of psalmody
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English < Late Latin psalmōdia < Greek psalmōidía singing to the harp. See psalm, ode, -y3
Related forms
psalmodic
[sah-mod-ik, sal-] /sɑˈmɒd ɪk, sæl-/ (Show IPA),
psalmodical, psalmodial
[sah-moh-dee-uh l, sal-] /sɑˈmoʊ di əl, sæl-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
psalmodist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for psalmody

psalmody

/ˈsɑːmədɪ; ˈsæl-/
noun (pl) -dies
1.
the act of singing psalms or hymns
2.
the art or practice of the setting to music or singing of psalms
Derived Forms
psalmodist, noun
psalmodic (sɑːˈmɒdɪk; sæl-) adjective
Word Origin
C14: via Late Latin from Greek psalmōdia singing accompanied by a harp, from psalmos (see psalm) + ōidēode
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