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[an-tif-uh-nee] /ænˈtɪf ə ni/
noun, plural antiphonies.
alternate or responsive singing by a choir in two divisions.
a psalm, verse, etc., so sung; antiphon.
a responsive musical utterance.
Origin of antiphony
First recorded in 1585-95; antiphon + -y3
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[an-tuh-fon-ik] /ˌæn təˈfɒn ɪk/ (Show IPA),
antiphonically, adverb Unabridged
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  • He consumed the cleansings and turned to read the antiphony with resonant voice.

    Under the Witches' Moon Nathan Gallizier
  • antiphony was the ancient mode of rendering music, in which two sets of voices sang alternately.

  • According to its derivation (from ant-hymn, responsive or alternate song) the word anthem was at first synonymous with antiphony.

  • The culprits poured out for a while an antiphony of explanations, which died out at last in a miserable silence.

    St. Ives Robert Louis Stevenson
  • He looked back fondly to the days when he had sung his part in the antiphony in the magnificent cathedral at Manila.

British Dictionary definitions for antiphony


noun (pl) -nies
the antiphonal singing of a musical composition by two choirs
any musical or other sound effect that answers or echoes another
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Word Origin and History for antiphony

1590s, from Greek antiphonos (see antiphon) + -y (1).

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