Hymn vs Psalm - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between hymn and psalm

is that hymn is a song of praise or worship while psalm is (music) a sacred song; a poetical composition for use in the praise or worship of god.

As verbs the difference between hymn and psalm

is that hymn is to sing (a hymn) while psalm is to extol in psalms; to make music; to sing; as, psalming his praises.

hymn

English

(wikipedia hymn)

Noun

(en noun)
  • A song of praise or worship.
  • *
  • *:But when the moon rose and the breeze awakened, and the sedges stirred, and the cat’s-paws raced across the moonlit ponds, and the far surf off Wonder Head intoned the hymn of the four winds, the trinity, earth and sky and water, became one thunderous symphony—a harmony of sound and colour silvered to a monochrome by the moon.
  • Derived terms

    * hymnal * hymnbook * hymnodist * hymnody * hymnology * hymnographer * hymnography

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To sing (a hymn).
  • * {{quote-news, year=2009, date=January 21, author=Michael Coveney, title=Tom O'Horgan, work=The Guardian citation
  • , passage=An unknown cast, including Diane Keaton, hymned the Age of Aquarius, stripped off at the end of the first act and let the sunshine in at the end of the second. }}
  • To praise or extol in hymns.
  • * Keble
  • To hymn the bright of the Lord.
  • * Byron
  • Their praise is hymned by loftier harps than mine.

    See also

    * theody ----

    psalm

    English

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (music) A sacred song; a poetical composition for use in the praise or worship of God.
  • Especially, one of the hymns by David and others, collected into one book of the Old Testament, or a modern metrical version of such a hymn for public worship.
  • Derived terms

    * psalmist * psalmodic * psalmody * Psalms (name of the book of the Bible in which the psalms are collected)

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To extol in psalms; to make music; to sing; as, psalming his praises.
  • Anagrams

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