Definition of antistrophe in English:


Syllabification: an·tis·tro·phe
Pronunciation: /anˈtistrəfē


  • The second section of an ancient Greek choral ode or of one division of it. Compare with strophe and epode ( sense 2).
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    • This was a ‘regular ode’ in that it closely followed Pindar's scheme of all strophes and antistrophes conforming to one stanzaic pattern, and all epodes following another.
    • The dance consisted of three sections: strophe, antistrophe and epode.
    • They are ritual phrases which the listener soon learns to anticipate until, eventually, the child and the teller are enacting a dialogue, strophe and antistrophe, in which understanding what the sentence means has little place.


mid 16th century (as a term in rhetoric denoting the repetition of words in reverse order): via late Latin from Greek antistrophē, from antistrephein 'turn against', from anti 'against' + strephein 'to turn'.

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