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Of or being a medieval mode having a range from the fourth below to the fifth above its final tone.
[Medieval Latin plagālis, from plaga, plagal mode, from plagius, plagal, from Medieval Greek plagios (ēkhos), plagal (mode), from Greek, oblique, from plagos, side; see plāk- in Indo-European roots.]
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1. (Classical Music) (of a cadence) progressing from the subdominant to the tonic chord, as in the Amen of a hymn
2. (Classical Music) (of a mode) commencing upon the dominant of an authentic mode, but sharing the same final as the authentic mode. Plagal modes are designated by the prefix Hypo- before the name of their authentic counterparts: the Hypodorian mode.
[C16: from Medieval Latin plagālis, from plaga, perhaps from Greek plagos side]
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1. (of a church mode) having the final in the middle of the compass. Compare authentic (def. 4a).
2. (of a cadence) progressing from the subdominant to the tonic chord. Compare authentic (def. 4b).
[1590–1600; < Medieval Latin plagālis=plag(a) plagal mode (appar. back formation from plagius plagal; see plage) + Latin -ālis -al1]
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plagal[ˈpleɪgəl] ADJ → plagal
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