proagon

[proh-ag-ohn, -on, proh-ah-gohn]

noun, plural pro·a·go·nes [proh-uh-goh-neez] /ˌproʊ əˈgoʊ niz/. Greek.

(in ancient Greek comedy) a disputatious exchange, sometimes of a slapstick nature, between the chorus and the characters, or among the characters themselves, usually following the parodos and preceding the agon.

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