American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A song or chant, especially a nonmetrical hymn with words taken from a biblical text other than from the Book of Psalms.
- n. Bible The Song of Songs.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of the non-metrical hymns recorded in the Bible as sung on some special occasion, and expressive of joy, thanksgiving, or confidence in God's help.
- n. One of these hymns, or a composition of similar character, arranged for chanting, and so used in church service. Both the Roman Catholic and the Greek churches use as canticles the songs of Moses (Ex. xv. 1–19 and Deut. xxxii. 1–43), Hannah (1 Sam, ii. 1–10), and Habakkuk (iii. 2–19). In Isaiah the Roman Catholic Church has canticles taken from chapters xii. and xxxviii. (10–20), and the Greek from chapter xxvi. (9–20). The Roman Catholic, Greek, and Anglican churches all use the Benedicite as found in the third chapter of Daniel in the Septuagint and Vulgate, comprising verses 35–66 of the Song of the Three Holy Children in the English Apocrypha; the Greek Church also employs the preceding verses (3–34) as a separate canticle. The three taken from the gospels, and accordingly known as the Evangelical Canticles (namely, the Magnificat, the Benedictus, and the Nunc Dimittis), are also used by all the three churches just named. The Te Deum is accounted a canticle, although not found in the Bible. The English and American Books of Common Prayer also use certain psalms as canticles, namely, psalms lxvii. (Deus Misereatur), xcviii. (Cantate), and c. (Jubilate), to which the American book adds xcii. (Bonum est) and ciii. (Benedic). Some writers also account the Venite (psalm xcv.), the Gloria in Excelsis, and the Trisagion canticles.
- n. Specifically [capitalized] plural The Songs, otherwise called the Song of Songs, or Song of Solomon (LL. Canticum Canticorum Salomonis), one of the books of the Old Testament. Until the nineteenth century it was universally ascribed to Solomon, but some critics now think it of later date.
- n. A division of a song or poem; a canto.
- n. Any song or hymn, properly one that is brief and simple.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete A song; esp. a little song or hymn.
- n. The Song of Songs or Song of Solomon, one of the books of the Old Testament.
- n. obsolete A canto or division of a poem.
- n. A psalm, hymn, or passage from the Bible, arranged for chanting in church service.
- n. a hymn derived from the Bible
- Latin canticulum, diminutive of cantus, song (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Latin canticulum, diminutive of cantus, song, from past participle of canere, to sing; see kan- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“This canticle, which is not admitted into the authorized books, is to be found in fragments in the 237th letter of St. Augustine to Bishop Chretius; and, whatever disputes there may have been about its authenticity, it is certain that singing was employed in all religious ceremonies.”
“ANNE RICE, AUTHOR: Well, a canticle is a song and it's just a blood song.”
“(Antiphona also means the antiphon of a psalm or canticle, which is of the same form as in the Roman Rite.)”
“A "canticle," you see, is simply a holy love song -- a poem or refrain based on a portion of Scripture not found in the Psalms.”
“It seemed anachronistic, out of touch with the mainstream (I actually had to look up "canticle" to see what it meant).”
“It's vague, but I remember really liking it, but in "canticle", the story traverses many eras, and, deals with the theme ultimately of global violence.”
“And her humility, which was never equaled by that of any other woman, did not hinder her from seeing the great things that God had operated in her, as she herself proclaims in that sublime canticle which is the "Magna Charta" of the rights, the prerogatives and the greatness of woman.”
“You may easily discover this, Theotimus; for if this mystical nightingale sing to please God, she will sing the song which she knows to be most grateful to the Divine Providence, but if she sing for the delight which she herself takes in her melodious song, she will not sing the canticle which is most agreeable to the heavenly goodness, but that which she herself likes best, and from which she expects to draw the most contentment.”
“He revenges himself on Fromond, however, by drowning him in the Rhone, and, lifting up his voice, he makes then the valley ring with a "canticle" celebrating his triumph. [”
“Mike Resnick's lighthearted "Catastrophe Baker and a Canticle for Leibowitz" is really a space western (and thus homage to old space opera) about a freelance hero (Catastrophe Baker) and his quest to find the missing canticle of a play produced by Saul Leibowitz.”
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