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Definition of "antistrophe" []

  • The second stanza, and those like it, in a poem consisting of alternating stanzas in contrasting metrical form. (noun)
  • The second division of the triad of a Pindaric ode, having the same stanza form as the strophe. (noun)
  • The choral movement in classical Greek drama in the oppostite direction from that of the strophe. (noun)
  • The part of a choral ode sung while this movement is executed. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "antistrophe" in a sentence
  • "In the unwholesome pool, or ever – stagnant lake. antistrophe 2"
  • "Or painful life support beneath such weight of woe? antistrophe 1"
  • "In another, two or three burning glasses, wherewith he made both men and women sometimes mad, and in the church put them quite out of countenance; for he said that there was but an antistrophe, or little more difference than of a literal inversion, between a woman folle a la messe and molle a la fesse, that is, foolish at the mass and of a pliant buttock."