[ stik-uh-mith-ee-uh ]
/ ˌstɪk əˈmɪθ i ə /


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.
Also sti·chom·y·thy [sti-kom-uh-thee] /stɪˈkɒm ə θi/.

Origin of stichomythia

1860–65; < Greek stichomȳthía, equivalent to stícho(s) (see stich1) + -mȳthia (mŷth(os) speech, story + -ia -ia)
Related formsstich·o·myth·ic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for stichomythia


stichomythy (stɪˈkɒmɪθɪ)

/ (ˌstɪkəʊˈmɪθɪə) /


a form of dialogue originating in Greek drama in which single lines are uttered by alternate speakers
Derived Formsstichomythic, adjective

Word Origin for stichomythia

C19: from Greek stikhomuthein to speak alternate lines, from stikhos line + muthos speech; see myth
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Word Origin and History for stichomythia



"dialogue in alternate lines," Latinized from Greek stikhomythia, from stikhos (see stichic) + mythos "speech, talk" (see myth).

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