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parabasis

[puh-rab-uh-sis] /pəˈræb ə sɪs/
noun, plural parabases
[puh-rab-uh-seez] /pəˈræb əˌsiz/ (Show IPA)
1.
(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.
Origin
1810-1820
1810-20; < Greek parábasis a going aside, digression; see para-1, basis
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parabasis

/pəˈræbəsɪs/
noun (pl) -ses (-ˌsiːz)
1.
(in classical Greek comedy) an address from the chorus to the audience
Word Origin
C19: from Greek, from parabanein to step forward
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parabasis

an important choral ode in Greek Old Comedy delivered by the chorus at an intermission in the action while facing and moving toward the audience. It was used to express the author's views on political or religious topics of the day.

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