antiphony

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antiphony (plural antiphonies)

  1. (music) alternate, or responsive singing by a choir split into two parts; a piece sung or chanted in this manner
  2. alternate, or responsive ideas or opinions; juxtaposition
    • 1662, Henry More, An Antidote Against Atheism, Book II, A Collection of Several Philosophical Writings of Dr. Henry More, p. 76:
      "Besides that Cardan pleases himself with that Antiphonie in Nature, that as the Ostrich being a Bird, yet never shes in the Aire, so this Bird of Paradise should alwayes be in the Aire, and never rest upon the Earth."

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