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Friday, March 27, 2015

Definitions for cantillate

  1. to chant; intone.

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Citations for cantillate
The rabbi began to cantillate the phrases of the Channukah song. It was not a tune he sang, but a murmuring, a mixture of sighs and fragments of melody. Isaac Bashevis Singer, The Family Moskat, translated by A.H. Gross, 1950
“Clarissa,” she said in the dark of the room, talking to no one save herself. “Clarissa, Clarissa . . . ” She cantillated the name as if she either knew a Clarissa or were trying to remember if she did. ZZ Packer, “Dayward,” The New Yorker, June 14, 2010
Origin of cantillate
Cantillate entered English in the mid-1800s from the Late Latin cantillātus meaning "sung low, hummed."
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