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antiphonal

[an-tif-uh-nl]
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adjective
  1. pertaining to antiphons or antiphony; responsive.
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noun
  1. an antiphonary.
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Origin of antiphonal

First recorded in 1685–95; antiphon + -al1
Related formsan·tiph·o·nal·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for antiphonal

Historical Examples

  • Then, if you like, we can chant confidences in an antiphonal chorus.

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • Wild cries burst from his audience, antiphonal with his own.

  • Its structure is antiphonal as between Men, Women, and the two combined.

  • Neither the shout nor the antiphonal song was brought from Africa.

  • And spontaneously there rose an antiphonal pantun, or song of war.

    Cursed

    George Allan England


British Dictionary definitions for antiphonal

antiphonal

adjective
  1. sung or recited in alternation
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noun
  1. another word for antiphonary
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Derived Formsantiphonally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for antiphonal

adj.

1719, from antiphon + -al. Related: Antiphonally.

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