stichomythic

stichomythia

[stik-uh-mith-ee-uh]
noun
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, stichomythy [sti-kom-uh-thee] .


Origin:
1860–65; < Greek stichomȳthía, equivalent to stícho(s) (see stich1) + -mȳthia (mŷth(os) speech, story + -ia -ia)

stichomythic, adjective
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stichomythia or stichomythy (ˌstɪkəʊˈmɪθɪə, stɪˈkɒmɪθɪ)
 
n
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]
 
stichomythy or stichomythy
 
n
 
[C19: from Greek stikhomuthein to speak alternate lines, from stikhos line + muthos speech; see myth]
 
sticho'mythic or stichomythy
 
adj

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