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an·tiph·o·nal / anˈtifənl/ • adj. (in traditional western Christian liturgy) (of a short sentence or its musical setting) sung, recited, or played alternately by two groups. • n. another term for antiphonary. DERIVATIVES: an·tiph·o·nal·ly adv.

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Antiphonal, Antiphonary, Antiphoner. Properly, the RC Church's coll. of trad. plainsong antiphons, but the word has come to be more comprehensively used as meaning the book containing all plainsong for the Divine Office, as distinct from the Gradual, which contains the plainsong for the Mass.