palinode

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin palinōdia (palinode, recantation), from Ancient Greek παλινῳδία (palinōidía, palinode), from πάλιν (pálin, again) + ᾠδή (ōidḗ, song).

Pronunciation[edit]

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PAL-uh-noad

Noun[edit]

palinode (plural palinodes)

  1. A poem in which the author retracts something said in an earlier poem.
    • 2004, Jaspitos, "I Take It Back", in The Spectator (London, UK); Jan 24, 2004.
      The more lighthearted palinodes were more successful, such as Geoff Horton's recantation of his youthful view that a martini should be shaken rather than stirred."