Meaning of palinode in English:


Pronunciation /ˈpalɪnəʊd/


  • 1A poem in which the poet retracts a view or sentiment expressed in a former poem.

    ‘But although it revises the spiritual meaning of paralysis, East Coker is not a palinode of Eliot's earlier work.’
    • ‘Although the term ‘abuse’ in the title emphasizes moral censure, the poem does not read like a puritan palinode but seems to compete against Lyly's Euphues, which had appeared a few months earlier.’
    • ‘The first recorded use of a palinode is in a poem by Stesichorus in the 7th century BC.’
    • ‘But any poem of retraction can be called a palinode these days without following this form.’
    1. 1.1A retraction of a statement.
      ‘In his palinode Socrates corrects both his message and his character.’
      • ‘The ‘hot rampageous horses of my will’ clearly alludes to Socrates' palinode in The Phaedrus, but Auden, in contrast to Socrates, speaks of at least two unruly horses.’
      • ‘There can be no doubt that he intentionally left his former student's vindication of Sparta unanswered, thereby giving rise to what some have called a palinode: an apparent retraction of the argument of the discourse proper.’


Late 16th century via Latin from Greek palinōidia, from palin ‘again’ + ōidē ‘song’.