versicle

versicle

[vur-si-kuhl]
noun
1.
a little verse.
2.
Ecclesiastical. a short verse, usually from the Psalms, said or sung by the officiant, after which the congregation recites a response. Compare response ( def 3a ).

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Latin versiculus. See verse, -i-, -cle1

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versicle (ˈvɜːsɪkəl)
 
n
1.  a short verse
2.  a short sentence recited or sung by the minister at a liturgical ceremony and responded to by the choir or congregation
 
[C14: from Latin versiculus a little line, from versusverse]

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