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antistrophe

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noun an·tis·tro·phe \an-ˈtis-trə-(ˌ)fē\

Definition of antistrophe

  1. 1 a :  the repetition of words in reversed order b :  the repetition of a word or phrase at the end of successive clauses

  2. 2 a :  a returning movement in Greek choral dance exactly answering to a previous strophe b :  the part of a choral song delivered during the antistrophe

an·ti·stroph·icplay \ˌan-tə-ˈsträ-fik\ adjective
an·ti·stroph·i·cal·lyplay \-fi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb


Origin of antistrophe

Late Latin, from Greek antistrophē, from anti- + strophē strophe


First Known Use: circa 1550


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