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harmonist

[hahr-muh-nist]
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noun
  1. a person skilled in harmony.
  2. a person who makes a harmony, as of the Gospels.

Origin of harmonist

First recorded in 1560–70; harmon(y) + -ist

Harmonist

or Har·mo·nite

[hahr-muh-nist]
noun
  1. a member of a celibate religious sect that emigrated from Germany to Pennsylvania in 1803.

Origin of Harmonist

1815–25; after Harmony, town in Pennsylvania; see -ist
Also called Rappist, Rappite.
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Examples from the Web for harmonist

Historical Examples

  • It must suffice to indicate the general principle by which the harmonist must be guided.

    Companion to the Bible

    E. P. Barrows

  • The explanation and reconciliation of these is the work of the harmonist.

  • While writing, I hear good music by well-trained voices, with the Harmonist accompaniment.

  • As is shown by the two or three vocal works of his that I have seen, Gleason is less successful as a melodist than as a harmonist.

  • There are few if any of Weber's melodies which are notable for creative power, and as a harmonist he was lamentably weak.

    Music: An Art and a Language

    Walter Raymond Spalding


British Dictionary definitions for harmonist

harmonist

noun
  1. a person skilled in the art and techniques of harmony
  2. a person who combines and collates parallel narratives
Derived Formsharmonistic, adjectiveharmonistically, adverb
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