from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun The second stanza, and those like it, in a poem consisting of alternating stanzas in contrasting metrical form.
- noun The second division of the triad of a Pindaric ode, having the same stanza form as the strophe.
- noun The choral movement in classical Greek drama in the opposite direction from that of the strophe.
- noun The part of a choral ode sung while this movement is executed.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A part of an ancient Greek choral ode corresponding to the strophe, which immediately precedes it, and identical with it in meter.
- noun In rhetoric: The reciprocal conversion of the same words in consecutive clauses or sentences: as, the master of the servant, the servant of the master.
- noun The turning of an adversary's plea against him: as, had I killed him as you report, I had not stayed to bury him.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun In Greek choruses and dances, the returning of the chorus, exactly answering to a previous
stropheor movement from right to left. Hence: The lines of this part of the choral song.
- noun The repetition of words in an inverse order; as, the master of the servant and the servant of the master.
- noun The retort or turning of an adversary's plea against him.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun In Greek
chorusesand dances, the returning of the chorus, exactly answeringto a previous stropheor movementfrom rightto left. Hence: The lines of this part of the choral song.
- noun rhetoric The
repetitionof words in an inverse order.
- noun rhetoric The repetition of a word or phrase at the end of successive clauses
- noun The
retortor turning of an adversary's pleaagainst him.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
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Or painful life support beneath such weight of woe? antistrophe 1
In the unwholesome pool, or ever – stagnant lake. antistrophe 2
Into pervading, waxing pangs of pain. antistrophe 3
The cause of all our wo, is red with Persian gore. antistrophe 2
All hail! for doom hath passed from him, my well – loved lord! antistrophe 3
Unto the dawning light of liberty; antistrophe 2
Safe from the toils of war her homeward-marching train. antistrophe 1
And lay their rampired towers in ruins on the ground. antistrophe 2
In another, two or three burning glasses, wherewith he made both men and women sometimes mad, and in the church put them quite out of countenance; for he said that there was but an antistrophe, or little more difference than of a literal inversion, between a woman folle a la messe and molle a la fesse, that is, foolish at the mass and of a pliant buttock.
By two usurpers, sin – defiled — An evil path of woe and bane! antistrophe 1