Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR HYMNS

One is shocked in reading some of the "hymns" of these believers.

One is that it got its name from its association with hymns to the Virgin.

Give me the wild wind and the breath of the torrent, and I have no wish to hear your hymns.

The tunes and hymns which are to be consecrated for each festival have been already determined by us.

We had service at eleven, but I was only able to listen to the hymns from my cabin.

It contained ten hymns and a splendid liturgy for the morning service.

His hymns prove that he was also an earnest and warm-hearted Christian.

As might be expected, the hymns are not all of the same merit.

His hymns faithfully present the accepted doctrines of his church.

It contains ten hymns, seven of which are for the Christmas season.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1000, from Old French ymne and Old English ymen, both from Latin hymnus "song of praise," from Greek hymnos "song or ode in praise of gods or heroes," used in Septuagint for various Hebrew words meaning "song praising God." Possibly a variant of hymenaios "wedding song," from Hymen, Greek god of marriage (see hymen), or from a PIE root *sam- "to sing" (cf. Hittite išhamai "he sings," Sanskrit saman- "hymn, song") [Watkins]. Evidence for the silent -n- dates from at least 1530.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.