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[ri-spon-suh-ree] /rɪˈspɒn sə ri/
noun, plural responsories. Ecclesiastical.
an anthem sung after a lection by a soloist and choir alternately.
Origin of responsory
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Late Latin respōnsōrium, equivalent to Latin respond(ēre) to respond + -tōrium -tory2, with dt > s Unabridged
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noun (pl) -ries
(Christianity) an anthem or chant consisting of versicles and responses and recited or sung after a lesson in a church service
Word Origin
C15: from Late Latin rēsponsōrium, from Latin rēspondēre to answer
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