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anthem

/ántem/ [Gul. idem "Slave songs or ant'ems, as they were sometimes called in Georgia before the Civil War (Parrish 1942:5); OED, a composition, in prose or verse, sung antiphonally, or by two voices or choirs; responsively obs. → 1782] n. a religious song, especially among Baptists: 1888 "A hymn's more melodious dan wot an antem is". . In the case of the antem the refrain is repeated after every line (Powles 67, 159). 1895 They sing their most mournful hymns and "anthems" (Edwards 17). (Gen.)

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Last update: 2010-09-10 00:41
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.1

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