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antiphony (an-TIF-uh-nee) noun

Responsive alternation between two groups, especially between singers.

[From antiphon (a song sung in alternate parts), from Middle English, from Greek antiphona.]

"The two sets of noise - unrestrained euphoria on the one side, dignified resignation on the other - created an antiphony that was almost as electrifying as anything that had happened in the match." Richard Williams, UEFA Cup: The Triumph of Houllier's True Reds, The Guardian (London), May 18, 2001.

This week's theme: red-herring words.


I was court-martialled in my absence, and sentenced to death in my absence, so I said they could shoot me in my absence. -Brendan Francis Behan, playwright (1923-1964)

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