[ pal-uh-nohd ]
/ ˈpæl əˌnoʊd /


a poem in which the poet retracts something said in an earlier poem.
a recantation.

Origin of palinode

1590–1600; < Late Latin palinōdia < Greek palinōidía a singing again, especially a recanting, equivalent to pálin again, back + ōid(ḗ) ode + -ia -ia
Related formspal·i·nod·ist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for palinode


/ (ˈpælɪˌnəʊd) /


a poem in which the poet recants something he has said in a former poem
rare a recantation

Word Origin for palinode

C16: from Latin palinōdia repetition of a song, from Greek, from palin again + ōidē song, ode
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Word Origin and History for palinode



1590s, from Middle French palinod (16c.) or directly from Latin palinodia, from Greek palinoidia "poetic retraction," from palin "again, back" (see palindrome) + oide "song" (see ode). Related: Palinodic.

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