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  • adj. Having the presence of an antiphon between two choirs with a call and a response in song or in chant, usually in the form of a hymn or a psalm.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Antiphonal.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to or marked by antiphony.
  • In ancient Greek music, of or pertaining to the interval of an octave: opposed to *paraphonic.


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  • Lots of words are just as rarely used, and yet just as legitimate: consider “trichinosis”, “antediluvian”, “antiphonic”, “okapi”.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Guestblogging Dictionary Myths:

  • It was less an argument than an antiphonic contest in which only one participant, Yelland, felt genuine passion.

    The Lighthouse

  • + The Responses, more numerous in this Office, recall the most ancient form of psalmody; that of the psalm chanted by one alone and answered by the whole choir, as opposed to the antiphonic form, which consists in two choirs alternately reciting the psalms.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 10: Mass Music-Newman

  • This voice outlives the rest at every strophe, and contrives to add a supplemental antiphonic phrase that recalls in turn the favourite melodies of the opera.

    Vittoria — Volume 4


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