- in the ancient Greek theater,
- the return movement, from left to right of the stage, made by the chorus in answering the previous strophe
- the part of the choric song performed during this
- in a Pindaric ode, the stanza, usually in the same or similar form, which follows the strophe
- in poems with contrasting or parallel stanza systems, a stanza of the second system
Origin of antistropheLate Latin from Classical Greek antistroph? from antistrephein, to turn about from anti-, against, opposite + strephein, to turn: see strophe
- The second stanza, and those like it, in a poem consisting of alternating stanzas in contrasting metrical form.
- The second division of the triad of a Pindaric ode, having the same stanza form as the strophe.
- a. The choral movement in classical Greek drama in the opposite direction from that of the strophe.b. The part of a choral ode sung while this movement is executed.
Origin of antistropheLate Latin antistrophē antistrophe of Greek tragedy from Greek strophic correspondence from antistrephein to turn back anti- back ; see anti- . strephein to turn ; see strophe .
- In Greek choruses and dances, the returning of the chorus, exactly answering to a previous strophe or movement from right to left. Hence: The lines of this part of the choral song.
- (rhetoric) The repetition of words in an inverse order.
- (rhetoric) The repetition of a word or phrase at the end of successive clauses
- The retort or turning of an adversary's plea against him.
From Latin, from Ancient Greek ἀντιστροφή (antistrophe, “turning about”).