Definitions

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  • adjective Resembling a hymn in form or sound

Etymologies

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hymn +‎ -like

Examples

  • She included one secular song, “Chain of Fools,” among gospel standards that unleashed all her vocal glories: tender insinuations and ringing exhortations, jazzy syncopations and hymnlike sustained lines, spiraling upward swoops and plunges into her low register, notes that rasped and notes that pealed.

    Honoring Dr. King with Aretha Franklin and Wynton Marsalis - The Caucus Blog - NYTimes.com

  • She included one secular song, “Chain of Fools,” among gospel standards that unleashed all her vocal glories: tender insinuations and ringing exhortations, jazzy syncopations and hymnlike sustained lines, spiraling upward swoops and plunges into her low register, notes that rasped and notes that pealed.

    Honoring Dr. King with Aretha Franklin and Wynton Marsalis - The Caucus Blog - NYTimes.com

  • Mr. DeJohnette played two original pieces, the ruminative "Oneness" and the hymnlike "Home."

    Playing Musical Chairs

  • The songs are very much of their time -- a bit hymnlike, a bit marchlike.

    A musical journey into Washington, D.C., history

  • The songs are very much of their time -- a bit hymnlike, a bit marchlike.

    A musical journey into Washington, D.C., history

  • Sometimes I Feel Alive (1998), to texts by e.e. cummings, explores aspects of love from the sensual to the selfless through an appealing blend of jazzy pop-music rhythms, canonic writing (at which Wachner excels), and hymnlike choral blending with a near-Ivesian sound.

    On CD: Julian Wachner

  • Morgan paints a lush portrait of love in a bleak landscape .... there is a sense of conjuring in her language; her prose is both earthbound and hymnlike, with the slight inflection of southern scripture.

    Author Snapshot: C.E. Morgan

  • Morgan paints a lush portrait of love in a bleak landscape .... there is a sense of conjuring in her language; her prose is both earthbound and hymnlike, with the slight inflection of southern scripture.

    Archive 2009-04-01

  • Playing her new album, the vaguely hymnlike "Shepherd Moons," is like listening to sound before it's been fully produced.

    Do You Hear What I Hear?

  • The New Orleans trumpeter Irvin Mayfield, leading the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra on Saturday, ended his set with a hymnlike elegy to his father, who drowned in the flooding after the storm.

    Jazzfest 2008

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