Verb anthem Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:

(transitive, poetic) To celebrate with anthems.

More definition:

1.a song, as of praise, devotion, or patriotism, the national anthem of Spain; our college anthem.

2.a piece of sacred vocal music, usually with words taken from the Scriptures.

3.a hymn sung alternately by different sections of a choir or congregation. celebrate with or in an anthem.

1. a song of loyalty or devotion, as to a nation or college, a national anthem

2. a musical composition for a choir, usually set to words from the Bible, sung as part of a church service

3. a religious chant sung antiphonally

4. a popular rock or pop song Derived Formsanthemic (ænˈθɛmɪk) adjective Word OriginOld English antemne, from Late Latin antiphōnaantiphonCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
Old English ontemn, antefn, "a composition (in prose or verse) sung antiphonally," from Late Latin antefana, from Greek antiphona "verse response" (see antiphon). Sense evolved to "a composition set to sacred music" (late 14c.), then "song of praise or gladness" (1590s). Used in reference to the English national song (technically, as OED points out, a hymn) and extended to those of other nations. Modern spelling is from late 16c., perhaps an attempt to make the word look more Greek.


Communion of priest and people (if any), a short anthem called " Communio " being sung meanwhile.

This again is followed by vespers, with a special anthem; after which the altar is stripped in silence.

He is better known, however, as the author of the patriotic anthem "Hail Columbia" (1798).

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