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Other Anthem Definition

[n] a song of praise (to God or to a saint or to a nation)
[n] a song of devotion or loyalty (as to a nation or school)

Synonyms

hymn

Misc. Definitions

\An"them\, n. [OE. antym, antefne, AS. antefen, fr. LL. antiphona, fr. Gr. ?, neut. pl. of ? antiphon, or anthem, n. neut., from ? sounding contrary, returning a sound; ? over against + ? sound, voice: the anthem being sung by the choristers alternately, one half-choir answering the other: cf. OF. anthaine, anteine, antieune, F. antienne. See {Antiphon}.]
1. Formerly, a hymn sung in alternate parts, in present usage, a selection from the Psalms, or other parts of the Scriptures or the liturgy, set to sacred music.
2. A song or hymn of praise. --Milton.
\An"them\, v. t. To celebrate with anthems. [Poet.] Sweet birds antheming the morn. --Keats. ||

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