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

antistrophic [an-tuh-strof-ik, -stroh-fik] , antistrophal, adjective
antistrophically, adverb Unabridged
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antistrophe (ænˈtɪstrəfɪ)
1.  in ancient Greek drama
 a.  the second of two movements made by a chorus during the performance of a choral ode
 b.  the second part of a choral ode sung during this movement
2.  (in classical prosody) the second of two metrical systems used alternately within a poem
[C17: via Late Latin from Greek antistrophē an answering turn, from anti- + strophē a turning]

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Word Origin & History

c.1600, from L., from Gk. antistrophe "a turning about, a turning back," from antistrephein, from anti- "against" + strephein "to turn" (see strophe).
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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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Example sentences
In this style he proceeds for eight lines more, and then the antistrophe duly follows.
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