from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In ancient prosody, originally, a brief standing acclamation to a god following a number of lines or a metrical system in a hymn; the refrain at the end of a stanza in a hymn; in general, a short colon subjoined to a metrical system, strophe or antistrophe. See mesymnion, methymnion, proÿmnion.
  • n. In the Greek and other Oriental churches:
  • n. A line of separate construction at the end of a hymn or stanza of a hymn, often sung by other voices than those singing the remainder of the stanza or hymn.
  • n. The repetition (of the antiphon).


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