responsory

[ri-spon-suh-ree]
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noun, plural re·spon·so·ries. Ecclesiastical.

an anthem sung after a lection by a soloist and choir alternately.

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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responsory

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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