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n. pl. hym·no·dies
1. The singing of hymns.
2. The composing or writing of hymns.
3. The hymns of a particular period or church.

[Medieval Latin hymnōdia, from Greek humnōidiā : humnos, hymn + ōidē, song; see wed- in Indo-European roots.]

hym′no·dist (-dĭst) n.


1. (Music, other) the composition or singing of hymns
2. (Music, other) hymns collectively
Also called: hymnology
[C18: from Medieval Latin hymnōdia, from Greek humnōidia, from humnōidein to chant a hymn, from hymn + aeidein to sing]
hymnodical adj


(ˈhɪm nə di)

1. hymn singing or composition.
2. hymns collectively.
[1705–15; < Medieval Latin hymnōdia < Greek hymnōidía chanting of a hymn =hýmn(os) hymn + ōidía singing (aoid- sing (see ode) + -ia -ia)]


1. the singing of hymns; hymnology.
2. the composition of hymns.
3. a study of hymns and their composers.
4. the preparation of expository material and bibliographies concerning hymns; hymnography. — hymnodist, n.
See also: Music
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hymnody - the act of singing psalms or hymns
singing, vocalizing - the act of singing vocal music
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He wrote and designed broadcasts on individual hymnodists, such as Isaac Watts, Charles Wesley, and Fanny Alexander; but he also had thematically based programs that ranged from the Oxford Movement to the Yattendon Hymnal, from the organ loft to the mission field, from Germany to America and back to England.
Information on Chinese Buddhist liturgical chant and its performance can be gleaned from canonical Buddhist literature dating from around the sixth to the eighth centuries; references to the origin of Chinese Buddhist fanbai (referring to the singing of hymns and praises), descriptions of musically adept preachers and hymnodists, and accounts of rituals and ceremonies can all be found.
There is no way out of the centre," the hymnodists of Perelandra tell us, "save into the Bent Will which casts itself into the Nowhere.