What does antistrophe mean?

Definitions for antistrophe
ænˈtɪs trə fian·ti·stro·phe

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word antistrophe.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. antistrophe(noun)

    the section of a choral ode answering a previous strophe in classical Greek drama; the second of two metrically corresponding sections in a poem

Wiktionary

  1. antistrophe(Noun)

    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.

  2. antistrophe(Noun)

    The repetition of words in an inverse order.

  3. antistrophe(Noun)

    The repetition of a word or phrase at the end of successive clauses

  4. antistrophe(Noun)

    The retort or turning of an adversary's plea against him.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Antistrophe(noun)

    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

  2. Antistrophe(noun)

    the repetition of words in an inverse order; as, the master of the servant and the servant of the master

  3. Antistrophe(noun)

    the retort or turning of an adversary's plea against him

  4. Origin: [L., fr. Gr. , fr. to turn to the opposite side; 'anti` against + to turn. See Strophe.]

Freebase

  1. Antistrophe

    Antistrophe is the portion of an ode sung by the chorus in its returning movement from west to east, in response to the strophe, which was sung from east to west. It has the nature of a reply and balances the effect of the strophe. Thus, in Gray's ode called "The Progress of Poesy", the strophe, which dwelt in triumphant accents on the beauty, power and ecstasy verse, is answered by the antistrophe, in a depressed and melancholy key: When the sections of the chorus have ended their responses, they unite and close in the epode, thus exemplifying the triple m in which the ancient sacred hymns of Greece were coined, from the days of Stesichorus onwards. As Milton says, "strophe, antistrophe and epode were a kind of stanza framed for the music then used with the chorus that sang." Antistrophe was also a kind of ancient dance, wherein dancers stepped sometimes to the right, and sometimes to the left, still doubling their turns or conversions. The motion toward the left, they called antistrophe, from ὰντὶ, "against", and στροφὴ, of στρέφω, "I turn".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Antistrophe

    an-tis′trōf-e, n. (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.—adj. Antistroph′ic, pertaining to the antistrophe. [Gr.; anti, against, and streph-ein, to turn.]

Anagrams for antistrophe »

  1. Thesprotian

  2. nastrophite

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of antistrophe in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of antistrophe in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Images & Illustrations of antistrophe

  1. antistropheantistropheantistrophe

Translation

Find a translation for the antistrophe definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these antistrophe definitions with the community:

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:     


Citation

Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:

Style:MLAChicagoAPA

"antistrophe." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2018. Web. 19 Nov. 2018. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/antistrophe>.

Are we missing a good definition for antistrophe? Don't keep it to yourself...

Free, no signup required:

Add to Chrome

Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

Free, no signup required:

Add to Firefox

Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for antistrophe:

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.