- 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
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Examples from the Web for antistrophe
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
(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)
- (in ancient Greek drama)
- the second of two movements made by a chorus during the performance of a choral ode
- 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
C17: via Late Latin from Greek antistrophē an answering turn, from anti- + strophē a turning
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Word Origin and History for antistrophe
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