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Rhápsody. n.s. [ραψωδὶα; ῥάπτω, to sew, and ὠδὴ, a song.] Any number of parts joined together, without necessary dependence or natural connection.

Such a deed, as sweet religion makes
A rhapsody of words.
Shakesp. Hamlet.

This confusion and rhapsody of difficulties was not to be supposed in each single sinner. Hammond.

He, that makes no reflexions on what he reads, only loads his mind with a rhapsody of tales fit for the entertainment of others. Locke.

The words slide over the ears, and vanish like, a rhapsody of evening tales. Watt's Improvement of the Mind.

Sources: Shakespeare's Hamlet (60) · Hammond, Henry (47) · Locke, John (269) · Watts, Isaac (116)

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