Psalm Definition

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psalms
noun
A sacred song or poem; hymn.
Webster's New World
Any of the sacred songs in praise of God constituting the Book of Psalms in the Bible.
Webster's New World
Psalm 19 is a passage in the Bible written by King David that covers topics which are central to the author's beliefs including the glory of God, how God communicates with people, the wonder of all God has done and how people respond to God.
An example of Psalm 19 is what is recited in many Jewish services and festivals and has been set to music by Back, Haydn and Beethoven.
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Synonyms:
verb
To sing of or celebrate in psalms.
American Heritage
To extol in psalms; to make music; to sing; as, psalming his praises.
Wiktionary
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Other Word Forms of Psalm

Noun

Singular:
psalm
Plural:
Psalms

Origin of Psalm

  • From Middle English salm or psalme, from Old English psealm, later reinforced from Old French psalme (modern French psaume), both from Latin psalmus, from Ancient Greek ψαλμός (psalmos, “the sound emenating from twitching or twanging perhaps with the hands or fingers, mostly of musical strings") (from ψάλλω (psallo, “to make a sound by striking, touching, plucking, rubbing, twanging, or vibrating")), but later in New Testament times the meaning of ψαλμός (psalmos) evolved from its Classical meaning of "a tune played to the harp" to a more general tune that could be played with any instrument; even a song sung with or without their accompaniment. By the Byzantine Period, it lost all of its instrumental characteristics.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English from Old English from Latin psalmus from Greek psalmos from psallein to play the harp pāl- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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