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Meaning of RESPONSORY

 
Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Re*spon"so*ry\ (r?*sp?n"s?*r?), a.
    Containing or making answer; answering. --Johnson.
    
    
  2. \Re*spon"so*ry\, n.; pl. {-ries} (-r?z). [LL.
    responsorium.]
    1. (Eccl.)
       (a) The answer of the people to the priest in alternate
           speaking, in church service.
       (b) A versicle sung in answer to the priest, or as a
           refrain.
    
                 Which, if should repeat again, would turn my
                 answers into responsories, and beget another
                 liturgy.                          --Milton.
    
    2. (Eccl.) An antiphonary; a response book.
    
    
 

 

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