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antiphony

[an-tif-uh-nee] /ænˈtɪf ə ni/
noun, plural antiphonies.
1.
alternate or responsive singing by a choir in two divisions.
2.
a psalm, verse, etc., so sung; antiphon.
3.
a responsive musical utterance.
Origin
1585-1595
1585-95; antiphon + -y3
Related forms
antiphonic
[an-tuh-fon-ik] /ˌæn təˈfɒn ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
antiphonically, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for antiphonic

antiphony

/ænˈtɪfənɪ/
noun (pl) -nies
1.
the antiphonal singing of a musical composition by two choirs
2.
any musical or other sound effect that answers or echoes another
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Word Origin and History for antiphonic

antiphony

n.

1590s, from Greek antiphonos (see antiphon) + -y (1).

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