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stichomythia

[stik-uh-mith-ee-uh] /ˌstɪk əˈmɪθ i ə/
noun
1.
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] /stɪˈkɒm ə θi/ (Show IPA)
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Origin of stichomythia
1860-1865
1860-65; < Greek stichomȳthía, equivalent to stícho(s) (see stich1) + -mȳthia (mŷth(os) speech, story + -ia -ia)
Related forms
stichomythic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for stichomythic

stichomythia

/ˌstɪkəʊˈmɪθɪə/
noun
1.
a form of dialogue originating in Greek drama in which single lines are uttered by alternate speakers
Derived Forms
stichomythic, adjective
Word Origin
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

stichomythia

n.

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

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