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[an-tis-truh-fee] /ænˈtɪs trə fi/
the part of an ancient Greek choral ode answering a previous strophe, sung by the chorus when returning from left to right.
the movement performed by the chorus while singing an antistrophe.
Prosody. the second of two metrically corresponding systems in a poem.
Compare strophe (def 3).
1540-50; < Greek: a turning about. See anti-, strophe
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[an-tuh-strof-ik, -stroh-fik] /ˌæn təˈstrɒf ɪk, -ˈstroʊ fɪk/ (Show IPA),
antistrophal, adjective
antistrophically, adverb Unabridged
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  • In this style he proceeds for eight lines more, and then the antistrophe duly follows.
British Dictionary definitions for antistrophe


(in ancient Greek drama)
  1. the second of two movements made by a chorus during the performance of a choral ode
  2. the second part of a choral ode sung during this movement
(in classical prosody) the second of two metrical systems used alternately within a poem
See also strophe
Derived Forms
antistrophic (ˌæntɪˈstrɒfɪk) adjective
antistrophically, adverb
Word Origin
C17: via Late Latin from Greek antistrophē an answering turn, from anti- + strophē a turning
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Word Origin and History for antistrophe

c.1600, from Latin, from Greek antistrophe "a turning about, a turning back," from antistrephein, from anti- "against" (see anti-) + strephein "to turn" (see strophe).

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Encyclopedia Article for antistrophe

in Greek lyric odes, the second part of the traditional three-part structure. The antistrophe followed the strophe and preceded the epode. In the choral odes of Greek drama each of these parts corresponded to a specific movement of the chorus as it performed that part. During the strophe the chorus moved from right to left on the stage; during the antistrophe it moved from left to right

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