antiphonal

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an·tiph·o·nal

 (ăn-tĭf′ə-nəl)
adj.
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).
n.
An antiphonary.

an·tiph′o·nal·ly adv.

antiphonal

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

an•tiph•o•nal

(ænˈtɪf ə nl)

adj.
1. pertaining to antiphons or antiphony; responsive.
n.
2. an antiphonary.
[1685–95]
an•tiph′o•nal•ly, adv.

antiphonal

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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My mother heard him say it; and he said those skeletons were two million years old, which astonished her and made her Kentucky pretensions look small and pretty antiphonal, not to say oblique.
Gosse observes of both poems that the qualities to be regarded are 'originality of structure, the varied music of their balanced strophes, as of majestic antiphonal choruses, answering one another in some antique temple, and the extraordinary skill with which the evolution of the theme is observed and restrained.
They concentrate on the Psalter as a devotional book and include Breviaries, Antiphonals, and Books of Hours, in which the Psalms appear as they were used in the medieval liturgy, but not whole Bibles, in which the Psalms also appear but not as liturgy.
All of this matter is preceded by a brief preface in which the authors explain that in order to concentrate on "the Psalter as a devotional book" (13), they exclude from consideration complete Bibles that incorporate the entire Book of Psalms and various types of liturgical codices--breviaries, antiphonals, and Books of Hours--that draw on them selectively.