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an•ti•phon /ˈæntəˌfɑn/USA pronunciation
an•tiph•o•nal/ænˈtɪfənəl/USA pronunciation adj.
an•tiph•o•ny/ænˈtɪfəni/USA pronunciation n. [countable],pl. -nies.
a song to be chanted or sung responsively.
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antiphon /ˈæntɪfən/ n
Etymology: 15th Century: from Late Latin antiphōna sung responses, from Late Greek, plural of antiphōnon (something) responsive, from antiphōnos, from anti- + phōnē sound
- a short passage, usually from the Bible, recited or sung as a response after certain parts of a liturgical service
- a psalm, hymn, etc, chanted or sung in alternate parts
- any response or answer
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