from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A poem in which the author retracts something said in a previous poem.
- n. A formal statement of retraction.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A poem in which the author retracts something said in an earlier poem.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An ode recanting, or retracting, a former one; also, a repetition of an ode.
- n. A retraction; esp., a formal retraction.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A poetical recantation, or declaration contrary to a former one; a poem in which a poet retracts the invectives contained in a former satire; hence, a recantation in general.
- n. Specifically, in Scots law, a solemn recantation demanded in addition to damages in actions for defamation.
- To re-tract or take back (something previously said or written).
- To recant.
From Late Latin palinōdia, from Greek palinōidiā : palin, again; + ōidē, song; see parody.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin palinōdia ("palinode, recantation"), from Ancient Greek παλινῳδία (palinōidia, "palinode"), from πάλιν (palin, "again") + ᾠδή (ōidē, "song"). (Wiktionary)