Antistrophic

antistrophe

[an-tis-truh-fee]
noun
1.
the part of an ancient Greek choral ode answering a previous strophe, sung by the chorus when returning from left to right.
2.
the movement performed by the chorus while singing an antistrophe.
3.
Prosody. the second of two metrically corresponding systems in a poem. Compare strophe ( def 3 ).

Origin:
1540–50; < Greek: a turning about. See anti-, strophe

antistrophic [an-tuh-strof-ik, -stroh-fik] , antistrophal, adjective
antistrophically, adverb
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antistrophe (ænˈtɪstrəfɪ)
 
n
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]
 
antistrophic
 
adj
 
anti'strophically
 
adv

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antistrophe
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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