antistrophe

[ an-tis-truh-fee ]
/ ænˈtɪs trə fi /

noun

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).

Nearby words

  1. antistat,
  2. antistatic,
  3. antisthenes,
  4. antistory,
  5. antistreptococcic,
  6. antistrophic,
  7. antisubmarine,
  8. antisudorific,
  9. antisway bar,
  10. antisymmetric

Origin of antistrophe

1540–50; < Greek: a turning about. See anti-, strophe

Related formsan·ti·stroph·ic [an-tuh-strof-ik, -stroh-fik] /ˌæn təˈstrɒf ɪk, -ˈstroʊ fɪk/, an·tis·tro·phal, adjectivean·ti·stroph·i·cal·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for anti-strophe

antistrophe

/ (ænˈtɪstrəfɪ) /

noun

(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 Formsantistrophic (ˌæntɪˈstrɒfɪk), adjectiveantistrophically, adverb

Word Origin for antistrophe

C17: via Late Latin from Greek antistrophē an answering turn, from anti- + strophē a turning

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Word Origin and History for anti-strophe

antistrophe

n.

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).

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