Definition for ANTIPH'O-NY

ANTIPH'O-NY, n. [αντι, contrary, and φωνη, voice.]

  1. The answer of one choir to another, when an anthem or psalm is sung by two choirs; alternate singing.
  2. A species of psalmody, when a congregation is divided into two parts, and each sings the verses alternately. – Encyc.
  3. The words given out at the beginning of a psalm, to which both the choirs are to accommodate their singing. – Encyc.
  4. A musical composition of several verses, extracted from different psalms. – Encyc.

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