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  1. a poem in which the poet retracts something said in an earlier poem.
  2. a recantation.
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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
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Historical Examples

  • He sent for all his servants, even the piggard-boy, to come and heare his palinode.

    Brief Lives (Vol. 2 of 2)

    John Aubrey

  • The 1647 edition contains two poems, The Return and Palinode, which stand to each other in a curious relation.

  • The lines in roman type are those of The Return, those in italic belong to Palinode.

  • This criticism of the "Gate of Paradise" sounds even to the writer of it profane, and demands a palinode.

    Renaissance in Italy Vol. 3

    John Addington Symonds

  • Afterwards, falling in love with a lady, he closes these sonnets with a palinode.

British Dictionary definitions for palinode


  1. a poem in which the poet recants something he has said in a former poem
  2. rare a recantation
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Word Origin

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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