one of the nonmetrical hymns or chants, chiefly from the Bible, used in church services.
a song, poem, or hymn especially of praise.
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How to use canticle in a sentence
In perpetual canticle of love it finds resemblances of the Divine Object of its devotion throughout all nature.The Catacombs of Rome | William Henry Withrow
My tears are falling on this page, but my higher and truer self is singing a canticle of praise and wonderful joy.The Terms of Surrender | Louis Tracy
On the conclusion of the canticle, the coffin was raised from the bier and the door of the court was opened.The Life of Ludwig van Beethoven, Volume III (of 3) | Alexander Wheelock Thayer
But a litany before the air and a canticle after the air are not the same thing.The Life of Rossini | Henry Sutherland Edwards
But Gissing wondered, for a little later he heard a cheerful canticle upraised in the open fields.Where the Blue Begins | Christopher Morley
British Dictionary definitions for canticle
a nonmetrical hymn, derived from the Bible and used in the liturgy of certain Christian churches
a song, poem, or hymn, esp one that is religious in character
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