antiphonal

noun
an·tiph·o·nal | \an-ˈti-fə-nᵊl \

Definition of antiphonal 

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antiphonal

adjective

Definition of antiphonal (Entry 2 of 2)

: of, relating to, or suggesting an antiphon or antiphony

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Adjective

antiphonally \-nᵊl-ē \ adverb

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The Mass is led by a priest, the Celebrant, who is joined, and sometimes assaulted, by a chorus of street kids, dancers, syncopated jazz, rock, and several other forces, in frenzied antiphonal bursts, questioning the necessity of faith. David Denby, The New Yorker, "Leonard Bernstein Through His Daughter’s Eyes," 16 June 2018 The trumpets and horns, facing off on opposite sides of the ensemble, created an energetic, pealing, antiphonal effect in the final hornpipe. Elaine Schmidt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee Symphony stirs brilliant waves in 'Become Ocean'," 8 Apr. 2018 The two begin trading questions and answers, like Gabrieli's antiphonal choirs sounding from one balcony to another across the majestic nave of San Marco. Hartford Courant, courant.com, "Poems 'Forged By Joy' From Laura Mazza-Dixon," 10 May 2017 There were thirty-five ranks of pipes — sets that produce the same timbre for each note — and a set of pipes, called antiphonal pipes, jutting dramatically out over the interior from the rear balcony. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, "The church needed an organist. He tried out. Fifty years later, it looks like he got the job.," 29 May 2017 The two begin trading questions and answers, like Gabrieli's antiphonal choirs sounding from one balcony to another across the majestic nave of San Marco. Hartford Courant, courant.com, "Poems 'Forged By Joy' From Laura Mazza-Dixon," 10 May 2017

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First Known Use of antiphonal

Noun

1537, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1704, in the meaning defined above

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