Definition of palinode in English:



  • 1A poem in which the poet retracts a view or sentiment expressed in a former poem.

    • ‘But any poem of retraction can be called a palinode these days without following this form.’
    • ‘Although the term ‘abuse’ in the title emphasizes moral censure, the poem does not read like a puritan palinode but seems to compete against Lyly's Euphues, which had appeared a few months earlier.’
    • ‘The first recorded use of a palinode is in a poem by Stesichorus in the 7th century BC.’
    • ‘But although it revises the spiritual meaning of paralysis, East Coker is not a palinode of Eliot's earlier work.’
    1. 1.1 A retraction of a statement.
      • ‘In his palinode Socrates corrects both his message and his character.’
      • ‘There can be no doubt that he intentionally left his former student's vindication of Sparta unanswered, thereby giving rise to what some have called a palinode: an apparent retraction of the argument of the discourse proper.’
      • ‘The ‘hot rampageous horses of my will’ clearly alludes to Socrates' palinode in The Phaedrus, but Auden, in contrast to Socrates, speaks of at least two unruly horses.’


Late 16th century: via Latin from Greek palinōidia, from palin ‘again’ + ōidē ‘song’.