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noun, plural re·spon·so·ries. Ecclesiastical.
  1. an anthem sung after a lection by a soloist and choir alternately.
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Origin of responsory

1375–1425; late Middle English < Late Latin respōnsōrium, equivalent to Latin respond(ēre) to respond + -tōrium -tory2, with dt > s
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Historical Examples

  • Hearken here, Epistemon, my little bully, dost not thou hold him to be very resolute in his responsory verdicts?

    Gargantua and Pantagruel, Complete.

    Francois Rabelais

British Dictionary definitions for responsory


noun plural -ries
  1. Christianity an anthem or chant consisting of versicles and responses and recited or sung after a lesson in a church service
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Word Origin

C15: from Late Latin rēsponsōrium, from Latin rēspondēre to answer
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