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Related to antiphonal: Antiphonal psalmody, Antiphonal Singing


1. Relating to or resembling an antiphon.
2. Answering responsively, as in antiphony.
3. Occurring or responding in turns; alternating: "a couple of comedians ... perfecting their antiphonal patter" (P.D. James).
An antiphonary.

an·tiph′o·nal·ly adv.


(Ecclesiastical Terms) sung or recited in alternation
(Ecclesiastical Terms) another word for antiphonary
anˈtiphonally adv


(ænˈtɪf ə nl)

1. pertaining to antiphons or antiphony; responsive.
2. an antiphonary.
an•tiph′o•nal•ly, adv.


a collection of antiphons, hymns, or psalms sung in alternating parts.
See also: Songs and Singing
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.antiphonal - bound collection of antiphons
church music, religious music - genre of music composed for performance as part of religious ceremonies
Adj.1.antiphonal - containing or using responses; alternating; "responsive reading"; "antiphonal laughter"
2.antiphonal - relating to or resembling an antiphon or antiphony
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