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  • noun

Synonyms for anthem

song of praise

Synonyms for anthem

a song of devotion or loyalty (as to a nation or school)

a song of praise (to God or to a saint or to a nation)

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On the Sabbath day, when the congregation were singing a holy psalm, he could not listen because an anthem of sin rushed loudly upon his ear and drowned all the blessed strain.
Two were pressing me so closely that I could not turn when I heard a movement behind me, and noted that the sound of the battle anthem had ceased.
The Iliad, the Hamlet, the Doric column, the Roman arch, the Gothic minster, the German anthem, when they are ended, the master casts behind him.
Jehan go every evening to chapel, and sing there an anthem with verse and orison to Madame the glorious Virgin Mary.
The anthem was interminable, and you had to stand drearily while it was being sung; you could not hear the droning sermon, and your body twitched because you had to sit still when you wanted to move about.
Thornbury remarked that she was still in the habit of saying Queen instead of King in the National Anthem.
Yet to him, used as he was to a life of such quiet that the failure of a brewing or the altering of an anthem had seemed to be of the deepest import, the quick changing play of the lights and shadows of life was strangely startling and interesting.
Through one violet-stained window a soft light glowed, where, no doubt, the organist loitered over the keys, making sure of his mastery of the coming Sabbath anthem.
And the anthem that the organist played cemented Soapy to the iron fence, for he had known it well in the days when his life contained such things as mothers and roses and ambitions and friends and immaculate thoughts and collars.
Thomson; Ensigns Hicks and Grady; the band on the pier playing the national anthem, and the crowd loudly cheering the gallant veterans as they went into Wayte's hotel, where a sumptuous banquet was provided for the defenders of Old England.
He has never sung difficult music with such skill and harmony, as in this day's Anthem.
The midnight chant had helped as usual to lift the morning above the level of common days; and then there were the smell of hot toast and ale from the kitchen, at the breakfast hour; the favorite anthem, the green boughs, and the short sermon gave the appropriate festal character to the church-going; and aunt and uncle Moss, with all their seven children, were looking like so many reflectors of the bright parlor-fire, when the church-goers came back, stamping the snow from their feet.
Shashi Tharoor, Minister of State for Human Resource Development, had emphasized the need for an Earth anthem - "to pay tribute to our planet, to remind ourselves of our responsibilities as global citizens, and in conjunction with the many other anthems we sing to remember that we have a supra-national loyalty alongside the claims of our nation, our state, or our favourite football team.
I make no claim to have conducted scientific research on the subject, but in 15 years of listening to anthems from press boxes and press rows, I'd estimate that a patriotic 76 percent of singers find some way to screw it up.
Both teams had lined up at midfield for the anthems, but the first anthem played wasn't Honduras'.