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parabasis

[puh-rab-uh-sis] /pəˈræb ə sɪs/
noun, plural parabases
[puh-rab-uh-seez] /pəˈræb əˌsiz/ (Show IPA)
1.
(in ancient Greek drama) a choral ode addressed to the audience, especially of comedy, and independent of the action of the play: usually following the agon and, in the earliest forms of comedy, serving often to end the play.
Origin of parabasis
1810-1820
1810-20; < Greek parábasis a going aside, digression; see para-1, basis
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parabasis

/pəˈræbəsɪs/
noun (pl) -ses (-ˌsiːz)
1.
(in classical Greek comedy) an address from the chorus to the audience
Word Origin
C19: from Greek, from parabanein to step forward
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