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[sah-muh-dee, sal-muh-]
noun, plural psal·mo·dies.
  1. the act, practice, or art of setting psalms to music.
  2. psalms or hymns collectively.
  3. the act, practice, or art of singing psalms.
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Origin of psalmody

1300–50; Middle English < Late Latin psalmōdia < Greek psalmōidía singing to the harp. See psalm, ode, -y3
Related formspsal·mod·ic [sah-mod-ik, sal-] /sɑˈmɒd ɪk, sæl-/, psal·mod·i·cal, psal·mo·di·al [sah-moh-dee-uh l, sal-] /sɑˈmoʊ di əl, sæl-/, adjectivepsal·mo·dist, noun
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Examples from the Web for psalmody

Historical Examples

  • At times, also, he gave instruction to an evening class in psalmody.

    Biographical Sketches

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • The convocation broke up in sobs, psalmody, and kisses on the cheek.

    Little Novels of Italy

    Maurice Henry Hewlett

  • The tune was that sweetest of all Presbyterian psalmody, "plaintive Martyrs."


    Dinah Maria Craik, (AKA Dinah Maria Mulock)

  • Again, we say, beware of a man who has psalmody in his looks.

  • I walked up the church to blasts of psalmody from that noisy choir.

    The Following of the Star

    Florence L. Barclay

British Dictionary definitions for psalmody


noun plural -dies
  1. the act of singing psalms or hymns
  2. the art or practice of the setting to music or singing of psalms
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Derived Formspsalmodist, nounpsalmodic (sɑːˈmɒdɪk, sæl-), adjective

Word Origin

C14: via Late Latin from Greek psalmōdia singing accompanied by a harp, from psalmos (see psalm) + ōidē ode
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