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

  • To re-tract or take back (something previously said or written).
  • To recant.
  • 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.


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)



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  • Some things just need to be said.

    January 30, 2015

  • Odious odes? Whassaworldcomingto?

    January 30, 2015

  • He bleated betimes in the Palin fold
    And authored an odious Palin ode.
    In sheepish remorse
    He reverses his course
    By penning a penitent palinode.

    January 28, 2015

  • "He hangs his distinctive coat on a peg and says, "I have found a wonderful subject for you: Stesichorus's palinode ..." Yes, I can still see Mr. Bailly very clearly."
    Climates by André Maurois, translated by Adriana Hunter, p 11 of the Other Press paperback edition

    July 23, 2013

  • is it similar to a sarah nade?

    October 13, 2008

  • What is a palin ode? hearing the same script over and over again??!! same old song? Is a retraction or a reaction?

    October 13, 2008

  • "Esther Waters, often considered Moore's finest work and a return of naturalism, is in fact a naturalist palinode." Joe Cleary p. 96

    July 19, 2007