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[an-tif-uh-nl] /ænˈtɪf ə nl/
pertaining to antiphons or antiphony; responsive.
an antiphonary.
Origin of antiphonal
First recorded in 1685-95; antiphon + -al1
Related forms
antiphonally, adverb Unabridged
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  • Then, if you like, we can chant confidences in an antiphonal chorus.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • Wild cries burst from his audience, antiphonal with his own.

  • Its structure is antiphonal as between Men, Women, and the two combined.

  • Neither the shout nor the antiphonal song was brought from Africa.

  • And spontaneously there rose an antiphonal pantun, or song of war.


    George Allan England
  • They seemed to be engaged in antiphonal praises of abstract right.

    Rose MacLeod Alice Brown
  • But their antiphonal shout was no pine-voiced song of the sea, it was the sea itself.

    Old Plymouth Trails Winthrop Packard
  • He adds an echoing, antiphonal phrase; but even with this help he gets no further.

    Richard Wagner John F. Runciman
  • The chorus of good angels again comes on the stage, and with antiphonal harmonies reveals the growing discontent.

    Vondel's Lucifer Joost van den Vondel
  • Behind them the voices of Mrs. Myers and Mrs. Hill answered each other with antiphonal regularity.

    Atlantic Narratives Mary Antin
British Dictionary definitions for antiphonal


sung or recited in alternation
another word for antiphonary
Derived Forms
antiphonally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for antiphonal

1719, from antiphon + -al. Related: Antiphonally.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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