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hymn

Syllabification: hymn

Definition of hymn in English:

noun

1A religious song or poem, typically of praise to God or a god: a Hellenistic hymn to Apollo
More example sentences
  • Wine and even drunkenness are frequent images in medieval hymns and other religious poems.
  • They should be ‘words’ that can't be easily guessed, like acronyms referring to hymns, praise songs, or verses.
  • The Rig Veda is a collection of hymns praising the gods and glorifying the conquests and the heroics of the aristocratic Aryan cult.
Synonyms
religious song, song of praise, anthem, canticle, chorale, psalm, paean, carol;
1.1A formal song sung during Christian worship, typically by the whole congregation.
Example sentences
  • In the Christian tradition, hymns are songs of worship, sung by congregation and choir.
  • I used to feel good when I went to the local Congregational Church and sang hymns.
  • The congregation also sang the hymns Lord Of All Hopefulness and Abide With Me, and heard clips of Peel speaking in a variety of radio broadcasts.
1.2A song, text, or other composition praising or celebrating someone or something: a most unusual passage like a hymn to the great outdoors
More example sentences
  • More precisely, the film is a hymn to the theatricality implicit in most love affairs: their deceptive art and sweet fraudulence.
  • One of my favorite books is an extended hymn of praise to French food, wine and general attitude toward the pleasant things in life.
  • Will Hutton's new book is a hymn of praise to Europe.

verb

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1 [with object] Praise or celebrate (something): Johnson’s reply hymns education
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  • Already enamoured of the small Canadian town, he began to hymn its praises in verse which he read to public gatherings.
  • For example, they did not often gather together with harps and rebecks to celebrate their national glories, or to hymn their national heroes.
  • He hymns the progress of the year just past and the minty weight of new policies waiting for examination.
2 [no object] rare Sing hymns.
Example sentences
  • There were Victorian songs of stilted enthusiasm for the innocence and clear sunny skies of the new country, hymned in the English art song idiom.
  • All set for the kindling of the sacred fire, we hymn you, O Lord, with our verses, invoking your powerful grace.

Origin

Old English, via Latin from Greek humnos 'ode or song in praise of a god or hero', used in the Septuagint to translate various Hebrew words, and hence in the New Testament and other Christian writings.

Derivatives

hymnic

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Pronunciation: /ˈhimnik/
adjective
Example sentences
  • There are also quieter passages - some dark, like ‘Off To The Mill,’ and others, like ‘Cocoon,’ featuring a more hymnic quality.
  • In 1970 a new communion liturgy with four musical settings (contemporary, hymnic, chant, and folk) was published as CW - 2.
  • The 1965 resolution of the LCMS convention clearly envisioned liturgical and hymnic materials ‘under a single cover.’

Words that rhyme with hymn

bedim, brim, crim, dim, glim, grim, Grimm, gym, him, Jim, Kim, limb, limn, nim, prim, quim, rim, scrim, shim, Sim, skim, slim, swim, Tim, trim, vim, whim

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