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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for antistrophe
Historical Examples
  • A deliberate contrast seems to be made in each Chorus between the strophe and the antistrophe.

    Euripedes and His Age Gilbert Murray
  • Metrical scheme: a brief strophe and antistrophe and conclusion.

  • Big gun and rifle fire mingled like strophe and antistrophe of an anthem of death.

    How I Filmed the War Lieut. Geoffrey H. Malins
  • (antistrophe) Hee-haw, Remus can saw, Romulus tries to make plaster.

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

    Five Tales John Galsworthy
  • This subject, with a recitative in the minor, forms the antistrophe.

    Frederic Chopin, v. 1 (of 2) Moritz Karasowski
  • The author is not quite sure what strophe and antistrophe mean, but they appear to come in tragically here.

    Boycotted Talbot Baines Reed
  • It alternates with a Recitative, which assumes a minor key, and which seems to be its antistrophe.

    Life of Chopin Franz Liszt
  • The conversation was a prolonged paean to the host, with choral strophe and antistrophe.

  • This ode consists of strophe, epode, antistrophe, and second epode.

    English Verse Raymond MacDonald Alden, Ph.D.
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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