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n. pl. an·tiph·o·nies
1. Responsive or antiphonal singing or chanting.
2. A composition that is sung responsively; an antiphon.
3. A responsive or reciprocal interchange, as of ideas or opinions: "Sheridan's play shows both sides of the coin. He establishes an antiphony of cynicism and sentimentality" (Jonathan Miller).
n, pl -nies
1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) the antiphonal singing of a musical composition by two choirs
2. any musical or other sound effect that answers or echoes another
an•tiph•o•ny(ænˈtɪf ə ni)
n., pl. -nies.
alternate or responsive singing by a choir in two divisions.
an•ti•phon•ic (ˌæn təˈfɒn ɪk) adj.
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|Noun||1.||antiphony - alternate (responsive) singing by a choir in two parts|
music - an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner
|2.||antiphony - 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