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/ pəˈræb ə sɪs /
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noun, plural pa·rab·a·ses [puh-rab-uh-seez]. /pəˈræb əˌsiz/.
(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.
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Origin of parabasis

1810–20; <Greek parábasis a going aside, digression; see para-1, basis
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British Dictionary definitions for parabasis

/ (pəˈræbəsɪs) /

noun plural -ses (-ˌsiːz)
(in classical Greek comedy) an address from the chorus to the audience

Word Origin for parabasis

C19: from Greek, from parabanein to step forward
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