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also ho·san·nah  (hō-zăn′ə)
Used to express praise or adoration to God.
1. A cry of "hosanna."
2. A shout of fervent and worshipful praise.

[Middle English osanna, from Old English, from Late Latin ōsanna, from Greek hōsanna, from Hebrew hôša'-nā', deliver us : hôša', second person sing. imperative of hôšîa', to save; see wṯʕ in Semitic roots + -nā', injunctive particle.]
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(həʊˈzænə) or


(Ecclesiastical Terms) an exclamation of praise, esp one to God
(Ecclesiastical Terms) the act of crying "hosanna"
[Old English osanna, via Late Latin from Greek, from Hebrew hōshi `āh nnā save now, we pray]
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(hoʊˈzæn ə)

interj., n., pl. -nas, interj.
1. (an exclamation used in praise of God or Christ.)
2. a cry of “hosanna.”
3. a shout of praise or adoration; an acclamation.
4. to praise, applaud, etc.
[before 900; Middle English, Old English osanna < Late Latin (h)ōsanna < Greek ōsanná < Hebrew hōsh(i)‘āhnnā save, we pray]
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Noun1.hosanna - a cry of praise or adoration (to God)hosanna - a cry of praise or adoration (to God)
cry, outcry, shout, vociferation, yell, call - a loud utterance; often in protest or opposition; "the speaker was interrupted by loud cries from the rear of the audience"
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nHos(i)anna nt
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He further escorted us, singing Hosannas at the top of his voice, a mile down the road.
"Moscow, our ancient capital, the New Jerusalem, receives her Christ"- he placed a sudden emphasis on the word her- "as a mother receives her zealous sons into her arms, and through the gathering mists, foreseeing the brilliant glory of thy rule, sings in exultation, 'Hosanna, blessed is he that cometh!'"
More guts needed from the chorus in Confutatis Maledictis, but offset eventually by magnificently passionate Hosannas in spite of crude, insensitive fortissimo blasts from the chamber organ.
By requesting media to avoid negative coverage of news it does not denote that media must sing hosannas of the Government, neither does it mean media must sing hosannas for the opposition but it signifies a key role Sri Lanka's media needs to play especially when a country has moved to a phase devoid of decades of terror.
HOSANNAS FOR THE COURT (The Wall Street Journal, New York)
Hosannas and hallelujahs for the new documentary on the Joffrey Ballet, that groundbreaking American experiment in ballet that relocated from NYC to Chicago in 1995.
Critics who have devoted the past decade to caricaturing Brown as a brooding conservative, so cautious that he risked paralysis, now fall over themselves to sing hosannas.
Also very highly recommended reading are all the other individual chapbooks thus far published in the Parallel Press poetry program that include "Stilt Man" by Doug Flaherty; "Short Story and Other Short Stories" by Corey Mesler; "What Wisconsin Took" by Paul Dickey; "Sundogs" by James Silas Rogers; "The Discovery of Heaven"; by Richard Hedderman; "Sure Knowledge" by Elizabeth Oness; "Apparition" by Max Garland; "Hosannas" by Katharine Whitcomb; "The Perfect Day" by Andrea Potos; "Wild Apples" by Timothy Walsh; "When Gertrude Married Alice" by Eve Robillard; "What Grandmother Says" by J.D.
Current single Hosannas From The Basements Of Hell burned slowly at first, only to gather pace into a full-blown firestorm.
* "All Ford has to do is produce a glossy commercial in which two guys are shown, who might or might not be interpreted as a couple, and the national organizations and the gay media will be shouting hosannas." yes 34% no 56% unsure 10% Note: Table made from pie chart.
Indeed, if most liberals were honest, they would sing hosannas to Bush, who spends money faster than the Treasury can print it, and has used that money to redouble federal power and the welfare state.
"Alleluias" must drown out "Hosannas" and "Crucifies!"