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an·ti·phon  audio  (nt-fn) KEY 

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

ETYMOLOGY:
Late Latin antiphna, sung responses ; see anthem


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