Antistrophe
Antistrophe An*tis"tro*phe, n. [L., fr. Gr. ?, fr. ? to turn to the opposite side; ? against + ? to turn. See {Strophe}.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster]

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. --Abp. Potter. [1913 Webster]

2. (Rhet.) (a) The repetition of words in an inverse order; as, the master of the servant and the servant of the master. (b) The retort or turning of an adversary's plea against him. [1913 Webster]


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  • Antistrophe — (Greek αντιστροφή, turn back ) 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… …   Wikipedia

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