[ an-tis-truh-fee ]
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  1. the part of an ancient Greek choral ode answering a previous strophe, sung by the chorus when returning from left to right.

  2. the movement performed by the chorus while singing an antistrophe.

  1. 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

Other words from 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

  • 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


/ (ænˈtɪstrəfɪ) /

  1. (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

  2. (in classical prosody) the second of two metrical systems used alternately within a poem

Origin of antistrophe

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

Derived forms of antistrophe

  • antistrophic (ˌæntɪˈstrɒfɪk), adjective
  • antistrophically, adverb

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