from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A hymn-like composition.
  • Relating to hymns; of the character of a hymn; lyric.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Relating to hymns, or sacred lyrics.

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  • adjective of, or relating to hymns


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  • Be that as it may, John is usually thought to be written relatively late, and so I'm wondering why John's prologue is getting so much attention, when it is a hymnic introduction, while the other Gospels that seem more promising places to look for historical data seem to have dropped out of the discussion.

    Is There Evidence For Mythicism?

  • I wouldn't dare to allow a poetic/hymnic passage like this trump Paul's clear prosaic statements, such as 1 Corinthians 15:24-28,45-46.

    Why Liberal Christianity Isn't Bankrupt

  • Even if it isn't, it has some hymnic/poetic features; on the other hand, it seems to give expression to the sort of "Adamic Christology" that surfaces in Paul's writings at key moments.

    Why Liberal Christianity Isn't Bankrupt

  • All corners of the vast hymnic field have been drawn on.

    The American Missionary — Volume 43, No. 11, November, 1889

  • Passing over the question of the historical origins of those various species of poetry, such as the relation of early hymnic songs and hero-songs to the epic, and the relation of narrative material and method to the drama, let us try to arrange in some sort of order the kinds of poetry with which we are familiar.

    A Study of Poetry

  • The Ambrosian hymns remained the type of all the hymnic poetry of succeeding centuries.

    A Mere Accident

  • The insight that mystery, -- the Mystery, as such is final, is the hymnic word.

    Memories and Studies

  • At his pleasures he is anti-hymnic, repellent to song.

    Celt and Saxon — Volume 2

  • At his pleasures he is anti-hymnic, repellent to song.

    Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith

  • At his pleasures he is anti-hymnic, repellent to song.

    Celt and Saxon — Complete


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  • From Merrill Gilfillan's "Rivers and Birds" published in 2003:

    "So, shortly into Oklahoma, I reached for a tape, 'Enuff Said,' by a native southern plains group, Sizzortail, and that was just right: many-voiced, nonperfectionist, hymnic without enclosure. Its simple harmony, even when off a degree or two, is its declaration."

    June 24, 2009