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.
- an·ti·stroph·ic [an-tuh-strof-ik, -stroh-fik], /ˌæn təˈstrɒf ɪk, -ˈstroʊ fɪk/, an·tis·tro·phal, adjective
- an·ti·stroph·i·cal·ly, adverb
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How to use antistrophe in a sentence
In some ways, 20 years later, this is the antistrophe to the famous omelet sequence of Big Night.A Restaurateur Reluctantly Becomes a Civil Rights Leader in Steve McQueen’s Brilliant ‘Mangrove’ | Joshua David Stein | December 2, 2020 | Eater
The two told their story in alternate sentences like the Strophe and antistrophe of a Greek chorus.The Gold Bat | P. G. Wodehouse
The conversation was a prolonged paean to the host, with choral strophe and antistrophe.
Big gun and rifle fire mingled like strophe and antistrophe of an anthem of death.How I Filmed the War | Lieut. Geoffrey H. Malins
This subject, with a recitative in the minor, forms the antistrophe.Frederic Chopin, v. 1 (of 2) | Moritz Karasowski
It alternates with a Recitative, which assumes a minor key, and which seems to be its antistrophe.Life of Chopin | Franz Liszt
British Dictionary definitions for antistrophe
(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
- antistrophic (ˌæntɪˈstrɒfɪk), adjective
- antistrophically, adverb
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