[ stik-uh-mith-ee-uh ]
/ ˌstɪk əˈmɪθ i ə /
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dramatic dialogue, as in a Greek play, characterized by brief exchanges between two characters, each of whom usually speaks in one line of verse during a scene of intense emotion or strong argumentation.
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Also sti·chom·y·thy [sti-kom-uh-thee]. /stɪˈkɒm ə θi/.
Origin of stichomythia
OTHER WORDS FROM stichomythiastich·o·myth·ic, adjective
Words nearby stichomythia
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Example sentences from the Web for stichomythia
The dreary tirades of Polyphontes and Merope, and their snip-snap stichomythia, read equally ill in English.Matthew Arnold|George Saintsbury
Phillis and Amyntas reappear and carry on a conversation, not unamiably, in a sort of hexametrical stichomythia.Pastoral Poetry and Pastoral Drama|Walter W. Greg
British Dictionary definitions for stichomythia
/ (ˌstɪkəʊˈmɪθɪə) /
a form of dialogue originating in Greek drama in which single lines are uttered by alternate speakers
Derived forms of stichomythiastichomythic, adjective
Word Origin for stichomythia
C19: from Greek stikhomuthein to speak alternate lines, from stikhos line + muthos speech; see myth
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