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n. pl. re·spon·so·ries
A chant or anthem recited or sung after a reading in a church service.
[Middle English responsorie, from Late Latin respōnsōrium, from Latin respōnsus, past participle of respondēre, to respond; see respond.]
re·spon·so′ri·al (-sôr′ē-əl) adj.
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n, pl -ries
(Ecclesiastical Terms) Christianity an anthem or chant consisting of versicles and responses and recited or sung after a lesson in a church service
[C15: from Late Latin rēsponsōrium, from Latin rēspondēre to answer]
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re•spon•so•ry(rɪˈspɒn sə ri)
n., pl. -ries.
an anthem sung after a lection by a soloist and choir alternately.
[1375–1425; late Middle English < Late Latin respōnsōrium= Latin respond(ēre) to respond + -tōrium -tory2]
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