noun, plural parabases [puh-rab-uh-seez] .
(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.

1810–20; < Greek parábasis a going aside, digression; see para-1, basis Unabridged
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parabasis (pəˈræbəsɪs)
n , pl -ses
(in classical Greek comedy) an address from the chorus to the audience
[C19: from Greek, from parabanein to step forward]

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