Definitions for palinodeˈpæl əˌnoʊd

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pal•i•nodeˈpæl əˌnoʊd(n.)

  1. a poem in which the poet retracts something said in an earlier poem.

    Category: Prosody

  2. a recantation.

Origin of palinode:

1590–1600; < LL palinōdia < Gk palinōidía=pálin again, back +ōid(ḗ)ode


  1. palinode(Noun)

    A poem in which the author retracts something said in an earlier poem.

  2. Origin: From palinodia, from παλινῳδία, from πάλιν + ᾠδή.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Palinode(noun)

    an ode recanting, or retracting, a former one; also, a repetition of an ode

  2. Palinode(noun)

    a retraction; esp., a formal retraction


  1. Palinode

    A palinode or palinody is an ode in which the writer retracts a view or sentiment expressed in an earlier poem. The first recorded use of a palinode is in a poem by Stesichorus in the 7th century BC, in which he retracts his earlier statement that the Trojan War was all the fault of Helen. The word comes from the Greek παλιν and ωδη; the Latin equivalent "recantation" is an exact calque. It can also be a recantation of a defamatory statement in Scots Law.


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