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  • v. Present participle of hymn.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Praising with hymns; singing.
  • n. The singing of hymns.


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  • "Yanks go home!" it declared, hymning a new wave of British groups: Suede, the Auteurs, Pulp, Saint Etienne, and another group whose fame turned out to be illusory: Denim.

    Denim: Britpop's less successful fabric

  • In 2010, Jonathan Franzen reignited interest in Christina Stead's "masterpiece" with a hymning appreciation in the New York Times.

    The Man Who Loved Children – review

  • Since 2005's Illinoise, Sufjan Stevens has become more composer/arranger than singer-songwriter, guesting on albums and hymning the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway.

    Sufjan Stevens: The Age Of Adz – review

  • And there is a nasty feeling of old scores being settled here, fine politicians' words hymning the need for probing journalism in theory but buttering few parsnips when it comes too close to their door.

    Press regulation needs to be reformed, but not by settling old scores

  • Mike Kenny's adaptation also subtly reminds us that Nesbit, as a co-founder of the Fabian Society and lifelong socialist, was hymning communal values.

    The Railway Children

  • He's at his best suavely setting out mathematical equations for the optimum sizes of staircase risers, treads and goings, explaining the evolution of chimney technology and hymning the well-known achievements in the field of human waste of Messrs Bazalgette and Crapper.

    At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson

  • Worlds beyond the mines and the lungrot and foreshortened days, the hymning of the chapels, the morbid conviviality of the pubs.

    Gabriel Byrne: A Review of Furious Love by Sam Kashner and Nancy Shoenberg

  • Mr. Schama may leave behind a few of his readers with his epilogue hymning the election of Barack Obama ( "A country remade through a simple, majestic act of popular will," is among the more reserved comments).

    Freedom and Moral Force

  • 'Twas in the day Pieria's fair-tressed choir came o'er the slopes of Pelion to the marriage-feast of Peleus, beating the ground with print of golden sandals at the banquet of the gods, and hymning in dulcet strains the praise of Thetis and the son of Aeacus, o'er the

    Iphigenia at Aulis

  • The sight and sounds brought solace to my sprite; and I walked among the trees, and I smelt the breath of the flowers on the breeze; and heard the birdies sing their melodies hymning the One, the Almighty in sweetest litanies; and I looked upon the apple whose hue is parcel red and parcel yellow; as said the poet: —

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night


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