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palinode Syllabification: pal·i·node
Pronunciation: /ˈpaləˌnōd/

Definition of palinode in English:


A poem in which the poet retracts a view or sentiment expressed in a former poem.
Example sentences
  • But although it revises the spiritual meaning of paralysis, East Coker is not a palinode of Eliot's earlier work.
  • Although the term ‘abuse’ in the title emphasizes moral censure, the poem does not read like a puritan palinode but seems to compete against Lyly's Euphues, which had appeared a few months earlier.
  • The first recorded use of a palinode is in a poem by Stesichorus in the 7th century BC.


Late 16th century: via Latin from Greek palinōidia, from palin 'again' + ōidē 'song'.

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