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[sah-mist] /ˈsɑ mɪst/
an author of psalms.
the Psalmist, David, the traditional author of the Psalms.
Origin of psalmist
From the Late Latin word psalmista, dating back to 1475-85. See psalm, -ist
Related forms
antipsalmist, noun, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for psalmist
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  • The psalmist says distinctly that God has commanded his angels to guide us in all our ways.

    The Phantom World Augustin Calmet
  • Let us imitate the psalmist: "We will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings."

  • Only to-day the words of the psalmist were revealed to me. '

    Legends of the Rhine Wilhelm Ruland
  • So the psalmist says, “The righteous shall not lack anything that is good.”

    The Way of All Flesh Samuel Butler
  • Yea, the psalmist crieth, ‘Numquid adhaeret Tibi sedes iniquitatis?’

    In Convent Walls Emily Sarah Holt
  • Yet the psalmist speaks of God as “He that teacheth man knowledge.”

    In Convent Walls Emily Sarah Holt
  • With the psalmist we may say, "In thy light shall we see light."

    A Tour of the Missions

    Augustus Hopkins Strong
  • Death, as the psalmist saith, is certain to all; all shall die.

    Familiar Quotations John Bartlett
  • Oh, those words of the psalmist, 'shapen in iniquity,' and the rest!

    Elsie Venner Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • Where does the psalmist call God the health of the countenance?

British Dictionary definitions for psalmist


the composer of a psalm or psalms, esp (when capital and preceded by the) David, traditionally regarded as the author of The Book of Psalms
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for psalmist

late 15c. (replacing psalmistre, late 14c.), from Middle French psalmiste and directly from Church Latin psalmista, from Ecclesiastical Greek psalmistes, from psalmizein "to sing psalms," from psalmos (see psalm).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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