antiphon

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n antiphon a verse or song to be chanted or sung in response
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Antiphon A musical response; alternate singing or chanting. See Antiphony, and Antiphone.
    • Antiphon A verse said before and after the psalms.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n antiphon A psalm, hymn, or prayer sung responsively or by alternation of two choirs, as in the English cathedral service.
    • n antiphon In the liturgy or mass of both the Eastern and Western churches, as well as in the day-hours and other offices, a series of verses from the Psalms or other parts of Scripture, either in their original sequence or combined from various passages, sung as a prelude or conclusion to some part of the service. It is sometimes especially limited to the verse sung before or after the psalms of the office, the tones of which are determined by the musical mode, according to the Gregorian chant, of their respective antiphons.
    • n antiphon A scriptural passage or original composition sung as an independent part of the service, and set to more elaborate music; an anthem.
    • n antiphon An echo or a response.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Antiphon an′tif-ōn alternate chanting or singing: a species of sacred song, sung by two parties, each responding to the other—also Antiph′ony
    • n Antiphon a book of antiphons or anthems—also Antiph′onary and Antiph′oner
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL. antiphona, fr. Gr. . See Anthem

Usage

In literature:

A lyric may be a solo, or the matter may be arranged for 'antiphonal' performance between different performers, e.g.
"Select Masterpieces of Biblical Literature" by Various
Much of the time there were two singing antiphonally.
"Birds in the Bush" by Bradford Torrey
Here we have a morsel of dramatic criticism on Antiphon the actor and Arbuscula the actress, which reminds one of Pepys.
"The Life of Cicero" by Anthony Trollope
Donkeys raise their antiphonal lament.
"Out-of-Doors in the Holy Land" by Henry Van Dyke
The antiphonal crying of the owls sounded over the bubbling swamp, the mephitic perfume hung like a vapor on the shore.
"Wild Oranges" by Joseph Hergesheimer
But their antiphonal shout was no pine-voiced song of the sea, it was the sea itself.
"Old Plymouth Trails" by Winthrop Packard
It seems also that there was an inscription at the beginning of the Antiphoner stating as a fact that he had done this.
"St. Gregory and the Gregorian Music" by E. G. P. Wyatt
They are mostly antiphonal, a number of stresses in a line marking the rhythm.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 3" by Various
Strophe by strophe, in a sort of antiphonal fashion, the two old indunas continued this weird litany of the Snake.
"The Triumph of Hilary Blachland" by Bertram Mitford
Now the organ accompanied the antiphon.
"Black Diamonds" by Mór Jókai
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In poetry:

Unheard their antiphon of death
Who gleam Capella's cosmic foes;
Unseen the war whose causal throes
Perturb gigantic Algol's breath—
"The Testimony of the Suns" by George Sterling
She makes him tea. He sips and calms
His Royal Academic temper,
While Life and Day outside shout psalms
In antiphon ... Et nunc et semper.
"Daybreak" by Gwen Harwood