- 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
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- a form of dialogue originating in Greek drama in which single lines are uttered by alternate speakers
C19: from Greek stikhomuthein to speak alternate lines, from stikhos line + muthos speech; see myth
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Word Origin and History for stichomythic
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