American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The act or practice of singing psalms in divine worship.
- n. The composition or arranging of psalms for singing.
- n. A collection of psalms.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The art, act, or practice of singing psalms or hymns as a part of worship.
- n. Psalms collectively, especially in the form of metrical versions prepared for liturgical use.
- To hymn; celebrate in psalms.
- n. music, uncountable The singing or the writing of psalms.
- n. music, countable A collection of psalms.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act, practice, or art of singing psalms or sacred songs; also, psalms collectively, or a collection of psalms.
- n. the act of singing psalms or hymns
- Middle English psalmodie, from Late Latin psalmōdia, from Greek psalmōidiā, singing to the harp : psalmos, psalm; see psalm + ōidē, aoidē, song; see ode. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“He was also an expert in psalmody, having in his youth been the pride of the village singing school.”
“But, whereas many scriptures in the New Testament keep up singing as a gospel-ordinance, none provide for the keeping up of music and dancing; the gospel-canon for psalmody is to sing with the spirit and with the understanding.”
“The pomp of processions, the sound of bells or of psalmody, is interdicted in their worship; a decent reverence for the national faith is imposed on their sermons and conversations; and the sacrilegious attempt to enter a mosch, or to seduce a Mussulman, will not be suffered to escape with impunity.”
“It differed from song as much as the declamation — barely coloured by imperceptible modulations — of Boris Godounov and Pelléas; but on the other hand recalled the psalmody of a priest chanting his office of which these street scenes are but the good-humoured, secular, and yet half liturgical counterpart.”
“Afterward, private study in small groups (psalmody), and private voice lessons can be scheduled with Christopher & Theresia free time”
“The tract is direct psalmody — the singing of successive verses of a psalm without refrain, and it is sung in alternation by two halves of the choir.”
“Broad themes are discussed, such as the Divine Office and the Mass, but also detailed subjects such as psalmody, cantillation, modes, and pivotal chant manuscripts.”
“The theme of the workshop will be study of Gregorian chant neums and stylistic performance technique as applied to the repertoire of the monastic office (psalmody, antiphons, responsories, etc.).”
“Hymns, then, properly belong to the Liturgy of the Hours, while sung dialogues, antiphons, psalmody, and acclamations belong to the Mass.”
“[A] divine fire coming down visibly, with a terrible noise, from heaven upon the holy community of sisters while they were praising God in their psalmody.”
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