• WordNet 3.6
    • n antistrophe the section of a choral ode answering a previous strophe in classical Greek drama; the second of two metrically corresponding sections in a poem
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Antistrophe In Greek choruses and dances, the returning of the chorus, exactly answering to a previous strophe or movement from right to left. Hence: The lines of this part of the choral song. "It was customary, on some occasions, to dance round the altars whilst they sang the sacred hymns, which consisted of three stanzas or parts; the first of which, called strophe, was sung in turning from east to west; the other, named antistrophe , in returning from west to east; then they stood before the altar, and sang the epode, which was the last part of the song."
    • Antistrophe (Rhet) The repetition of words in an inverse order; as, the master of the servant and the servant of the master.
    • Antistrophe (Rhet) The retort or turning of an adversary's plea against him.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n antistrophe A part of an ancient Greek choral ode corresponding to the strophe, which immediately precedes it, and identical with it in meter. It was sung by the chorus when returning from left to right, they having previously sung the strophe when moving from right to left. The strophe, antistrophe, and epode (the last sung by the chorus standing still), in this sequence, were the three divisions of a larger choral passage, which in its turn was treated as a unit and might be used once or repeated a number of times. This structure was occasionally imitated in Latin, and has sometimes been used in modern poetry.
    • n antistrophe In rhetoric: The reciprocal conversion of the same words in consecutive clauses or sentences: as, the master of the servant, the servant of the master.
    • n antistrophe The turning of an adversary's plea against him: as, had I killed him as you report, I had not stayed to bury him.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Antistrophe an-tis′trōf-e (poet.) the returning movement from left to right in Greek choruses and dances, the movement of the strophe being from right to left: the stanza of a song alternating with the strophe: an inverse relation
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., fr. Gr. , fr. to turn to the opposite side; against + to turn. See Strophe
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr.; anti, against, and streph-ein, to turn.


In literature:

Slowly the strophe and antistrophe of frogs and goat-suckers resumed possession of his consciousness.
"The Research Magnificent" by H. G. Wells
The more I chanted antistrophe to her strophe of lamentation the more was I welcome in her drawing-room.
"The Red Planet" by William J. Locke
The two told their story in alternate sentences like the Strophe and Antistrophe of a Greek chorus.
"The Gold Bat" by P. G. Wodehouse
In the second Antistrophe the Bard thus marks the progress of Poetry.
"Early Reviews of English Poets" by John Louis Haney
Mr. Peaslee's reflections rose in a strophe of hope and fell in an antistrophe of despair.
"The Calico Cat" by Charles Miner Thompson
The author is not quite sure what strophe and antistrophe mean, but they appear to come in tragically here.
"Boycotted" by Talbot Baines Reed
ANTISTROPHE, the counter-turn, or stanza answering to the first, of a Pindaric Ode, 131.
"The Principles of English Versification" by Paull Franklin Baum
Eros and Anteros, Strophe and Antistrophe.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 85, November, 1864" by Various
Two types may be distinguished: the Stanza structure and the Antistrophic structure.
"Select Masterpieces of Biblical Literature" by Various
Big gun and rifle fire mingled like strophe and antistrophe of an anthem of death.
"How I Filmed the War" by Lieut. Geoffrey H. Malins