Palinode

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Palinode A retraction; esp., a formal retraction.
    • Palinode An ode recanting, or retracting, a former one; also, a repetition of an ode.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n palinode A poetical recantation, or declaration contrary to a former one; a poem in which a poet retracts the invectives contained in a former satire; hence, a recantation in general.
    • n palinode Specifically, in Scots law, a solemn recantation demanded in addition to damages in actions for defamation.
    • palinode To re-tract or take back (something previously said or written).
    • palinode To recant.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Palinode pal′i-nōd a poem retracting a former one: a recantation
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. palinodia, from Gr. ; pa`lin again + a song. See Ode
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L.,—Gr.,—palin, back, ōdē, song.

Usage

In literature:

PALINODE, ode of recantation.
"Volpone; Or, The Fox" by Ben Jonson
PALINODE, ode of recantation.
"The Alchemist" by Ben Jonson
PALINODE, ode of recantation.
"The Poetaster" by Ben Jonson
PALINODE, ode of recantation.
"Sejanus: His Fall" by Ben Jonson
PALINODE, ode of recantation.
"Every Man In His Humor" by Ben Jonson
Palinode, in Scotch libel cases a formal recantation exacted in addition to damages.
"St. Ronan's Well" by Sir Walter Scott
Samuel Butler has a palinode, in which he recanted what he said in a previous poem of the Hon.
"Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama" by E. Cobham Brewer
LE PUY (des Palinods), 69.
"The Story of Rouen" by Sir Theodore Andrea Cook
I look for peace in the way that Plato trod, and some day I shall write my palinode in that spirit.
"The Jessica Letters: An Editor's Romance" by Paul Elmer More
On the one hand, his palinodes could not suppress the rage of the fanatical partisans of the Papacy.
"History of the Reformation in the Sixteenth Century (Volume 1)" by J. H. Merle D'Aubigné
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