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Borrowed from Latin psalmōdia, from Koine Greek ψαλμῳδίᾱ (psalmōidíā).



psalmody (countable and uncountable, plural psalmodies)

  1. (music, uncountable) The singing or the writing of psalms.
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby Dick, Chapter 3:
      All these strange antics were accompanied by still stranger guttural noises from the devotee, who seemed to be praying in a sing-song or else singing some pagan psalmody or other, during which his face twitched about in the most unnatural manner.
  2. (music, countable) A collection of psalms.

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psalmody (third-person singular simple present psalmodies, present participle psalmodying, simple past and past participle psalmodied)

  1. To celebrate in psalms.