Definition of antistrophe in English:



  • The second section of an ancient Greek choral ode or of one division of it.

    Compare with strophe and epode
    • ‘The dance consisted of three sections: strophe, antistrophe and epode.’
    • ‘This was a ‘regular ode’ in that it closely followed Pindar's scheme of all strophes and antistrophes conforming to one stanzaic pattern, and all epodes following another.’
    • ‘They are ritual phrases which the listener soon learns to anticipate until, eventually, the child and the teller are enacting a dialogue, strophe and antistrophe, in which understanding what the sentence means has little place.’
    • ‘The strophe and the antistrophe had the same number of lines, and the meter was also the same; the epode had a different number of lines and a different meter.’
    • ‘The antistrophe, which contains the words of Agamemnon, is spoken (more than recited) by a single male voice.’


Mid 16th century (as a term in rhetoric denoting the repetition of words in reverse order): via late Latin from Greek antistrophē, from antistrephein turn against from anti against + strephein to turn.