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1. A devotional composition sung responsively as part of a liturgy.
a. A short liturgical text chanted or sung responsively preceding or following a psalm, psalm verse, or canticle.
b. Such a text formerly used as a response but now rendered independently.
3. A response; a reply: "It would be truer ... to see [conservation] as an antiphon to the modernization of the 1950s and 1960s" (Raphael Samuel).

[Late Latin antiphōna, sung responses; see anthem.]
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1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) a short passage, usually from the Bible, recited or sung as a response after certain parts of a liturgical service
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) a psalm, hymn, etc, chanted or sung in alternate parts
3. any response or answer
[C15: from Late Latin antiphōna sung responses, from Late Greek, plural of antiphōnon (something) responsive, from antiphōnos, from anti- + phōnē sound]
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(ˈæn təˌfɒn)

1. a verse, prayer, or song to be chanted or sung in response.
2. a text recited or sung before or after some part of the liturgical service.
[1490–1500; < Medieval Latin antiphōna responsive singing < Greek, neuter pl. of antíphōnos sounding in answer]
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Noun1.antiphon - a verse or song to be chanted or sung in responseantiphon - a verse or song to be chanted or sung in response
church music, religious music - genre of music composed for performance as part of religious ceremonies
gradual - (Roman Catholic Church) an antiphon (usually from the Book of Psalms) immediately after the epistle at Mass
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[ˈæntɪfən] Nantífona f
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[ˈæntɪfən] n (Rel) → antifona
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References in periodicals archive ?
In "Antiphonal Psalmody in Christian Antiquity and Early Middle Ages," Edward Nowacki argues that from around 700 to 1000 Office antiphons were sung by soloists while ordinary monks sang only the psalm verses (except on special occasions).
They have focused on a narrow reading of the phrase 'after the manner of the eastern regions', taking it to refer to antiphonal psalmody. The most obvious difficulty with this interpretation is that the passage does not mention antiphonal psalmody.
By this time, it was customary to use the term in virtually every passage that mentioned extended psalm singing, particularly in monastic rules, where references to 'antiphons', 'psalms' and 'responses' meant, apparently, that psalms were sung in a variety of ways, including the traditional responsorial and the newer antiphonal manners.(50) Whether Paulinus, writing some 35 years after the fact, was accurate or not in his inclusion of antiphonal psalmody on that night in Milan (the chronology fits), this is not relevant to his endorsement of the central point that the psalmodic vigil was a new practice in the West at the time, and that it had since become universally observed.