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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Anthem  \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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Anthem  \An"them\,  v.  t. 
  To  celebrate  with  anthems.  [Poet.] 
 
  Sweet  birds  antheming  the  morn.  --Keats. 
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  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  anthem 
  n  :  a  song  of  praise  (to  God  or  to  a  saint  or  to  a  nation)  [syn: 
  {hymn}] 




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