Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Praise ye the Lord: a word used in songs of praise or pious rejoicing, or in solemn ascriptions of thanksgiving to God. It is also used as a noun. It occurs in the English Bible only in Rev. xix. 1, 3, 4, 6, and then in the Greek form, as alleluia. This is the form employed in liturgical usage. It is found in liturgies and offices from very early times. Its most prominent liturgical use is that after the epistle and before the gospel in both the Eastern and Western churches. (See
gradualand jubilation.) In the Mozarabic rite it follows the gospel. (See Lauda.) There are probably traces of an original, perhaps Jewish, use of hallcluiah before and after psalms. The Greek Church has a triple “Alleluia” at the end of the cherubic hymn. In the day-hours of the same church it is said after the gloria at the end of stases or portions of psalms. In the Western Church it succeeds the gloria after the versicles at the beginning of the several hours. In Western usage alleluia is not said from Septuagesima to Easter eve.
- Specifically, a musical composition wholly or principally based upon the word halleluiah: as, the Halleluiah (chorus) in Handel's “Messiah” or in Beethoven's “Mount of Olives.”
- n. See halleluiah, interj.
- n. In botany, same as alleluia, 2.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Praise ye Jehovah; praise ye the Lord; -- an exclamation used chiefly in songs of praise or thanksgiving to God, and as an expression of gratitude or adoration.
“Aside from his vapid pseudo-sermonizing and this here "halleluiah" picture, I'll give him credit for waking up the front row and bringing a little "spice" to what otherwise seemed to be a dry concoction of conservative bashing.”
“Of what practical use is it, to say that, halleluiah, it looks like We Are All One, karma is intrinsic, the Golden Rule is validated, God lives within and beyond us, yay.”
“ Then halleluiah, because the bar would be closed, we had two days off in a row for the first time since we arrived.”
“But now Clegg is summoning the spirits of John Stuart Mill Gladstone Cobden Bright, freedom, free trade and laissez faire halleluiah!”
“I have heard from people plugged into the military that there are also much different Rules Of Engagement (halleluiah!).”
“When I feel down, I know she'll shed a tear, say glory halleluiah, thank you Jesus, praise the Lord, I'm still here.”
“But the ruling party was not genuine in the talks because they were “singing halleluiah Hosanna with the opposition during the day, and ‘crucify them, crucify them’, during the night”, he said.”
“While sleeping fitfully in a king size bed Covered with heavy beddings and mosquitoes net Dreaming of paradise and halleluiah and God.”
“Then no one did anything wrong, sing halleluiah and so on and so forth.”
“After several other piteous exclamations, he saw a procession of many thousand persons, bearing palms, and singing hymns, but of very small stature, enter the red circle, from the black cloud, chanting halleluiah.”
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