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A hymn of acclamation and loyalty, it may be a musical composition set to a sacred text, or a patriotic song expressing celebration and praise. (Etym. Latin antiphona, an anthem; Greek antiphona, sounding in response to; from the alternate singing of the half-choirs.)
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