[ ri-spon-suh-ree ]
/ rɪˈspɒn sə ri /
noun, plural re·spon·so·ries. Ecclesiastical.
an anthem sung after a lection by a soloist and choir alternately.
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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
/ (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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