Definition of hymn in English:

hymn

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Pronunciation: /hɪm
 
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noun

1A religious song or poem of praise to God or a god: a Hellenistic hymn to Apollo
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  • 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, anthem, song of praise, canticle, chorale, psalm, carol, chant; antiphon, introit, doxology, spiritual, paean, plainsong
rare lay, miserere
1.1A formal song sung during Christian worship, typically by the whole congregation: the traditional Easter hymn of rejoicing
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  • 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 book, film, or other composition praising someone or something: the film is a hymn to blue-collar mateyness
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  • 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 (something): the joys of domesticity were being hymned in magazines
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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: they were hymning to their god
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  • 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

Pronunciation: /ˈhɪmnɪk/
adjective
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  • 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.’

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