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



palinode (plural palinodes)

  1. A poem in which the author retracts something said in an earlier poem.
    • 1814, Sir Walter Scott, Waverley; or, 'Tis Sixty Years Since,
      ... Balmawhapple could not, by the code of honour, evite giving satisfaction to ... Edward by such a palinode as rendered the use of the sword unnecessary, and which, being made and accepted, must necessarily sopite the whole affair.
    • 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.