antistrophe

noun

an·​tis·​tro·​phe an-ˈti-strə-(ˌ)fē How to pronounce antistrophe (audio)
1
a
: the repetition of words in reversed order
b
: the repetition of a word or phrase at the end of successive clauses
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
antistrophic adjective
antistrophically adverb

Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

circa 1550, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of antistrophe was circa 1550

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Cite this Entry

“Antistrophe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/antistrophe. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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