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[an-tis-truh-fee] /ænˈtɪs trə fi/
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).
Origin of antistrophe
1540-50; < Greek: a turning about. See anti-, strophe
Related forms
[an-tuh-strof-ik, -stroh-fik] /ˌæn təˈstrɒf ɪk, -ˈstroʊ fɪk/ (Show IPA),
antistrophal, adjective
antistrophically, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for antistrophe
Historical Examples
  • And all the gapers, who had nothing of their own to suggest, answered with the antistrophe, “Who could it be?”

    St. Ronan's Well Sir Walter Scott
  • Metrical scheme: a brief strophe and antistrophe and conclusion.

  • His mind see-sawed in strophe and antistrophe: "You can't move!"

    Five Tales John Galsworthy
  • (antistrophe) Hee-haw, Remus can saw, Romulus tries to make plaster.

    Boycotted Talbot Baines Reed
  • This subject, with a recitative in the minor, forms the antistrophe.

    Frederic Chopin, v. 1 (of 2) Moritz Karasowski
  • It alternates with a Recitative, which assumes a minor key, and which seems to be its antistrophe.

    Life of Chopin Franz Liszt
  • This ode consists of strophe, epode, antistrophe, and second epode.

    English Verse Raymond MacDonald Alden, Ph.D.
  • In the second antistrophe the Bard thus marks the progress of Poetry.

  • Mr. Peaslee's reflections rose in a strophe of hope and fell in an antistrophe of despair.

    The Calico Cat Charles Miner Thompson
  • The metrical scheme of this sonnet is simple: a strophe balanced by an antistrophe.

British Dictionary definitions for antistrophe


(in ancient Greek drama)
  1. the second of two movements made by a chorus during the performance of a choral ode
  2. the second part of a choral ode sung during this movement
(in classical prosody) the second of two metrical systems used alternately within a poem
See also strophe
Derived Forms
antistrophic (ˌæntɪˈstrɒfɪk) adjective
antistrophically, adverb
Word Origin
C17: via Late Latin from Greek antistrophē an answering turn, from anti- + strophē a turning
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for antistrophe

c.1600, from Latin, from Greek antistrophe "a turning about, a turning back," from antistrephein, from anti- "against" (see anti-) + strephein "to turn" (see strophe).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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