The second section of an ancient Greek choral ode or of one division of it. Compare with strophe and epode (sense 2).
More example sentences
- 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'.
Definition of antistrophe in:
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