[ ri-spon-suh-ree ]
/ rɪˈspɒn sə ri /
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noun, plural re·spon·so·ries.Ecclesiastical.
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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British Dictionary definitions for responsory

/ (rɪˈspɒnsərɪ) /

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

Word Origin for responsory

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