antistrophe

noun
an·​tis·​tro·​phe | \ an-ˈti-strə-(ˌ)fē How to pronounce antistrophe (audio) \

Definition of antistrophe

1a : the repetition of words in reversed order
b : the repetition of a word or phrase at the end of successive clauses
2a : a returning movement in Greek choral dance exactly answering to a previous strophe
b : the part of a choral song delivered during the antistrophe

Other Words from antistrophe

antistrophic \ ˌan-​tə-​ˈsträ-​fik How to pronounce antistrophic (audio) \ adjective
antistrophically \ ˌan-​tə-​ˈsträ-​fi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce antistrophically (audio) \ adverb

First Known Use of antistrophe

circa 1550, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for antistrophe

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

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“Antistrophe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/antistrophe. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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