Definition of parabasis in English:


Line breaks: para|basis
Pronunciation: /pəˈrabəsɪs

noun (plural parabases /-siːz/)

  • 1(In ancient Greek comedy) a direct address to the audience, sung or chanted by the chorus on behalf of the author.
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    • The Chorus is important, and peculiar to Old Comedy are the agon and parabasis.
    • This paper discusses the ode and antode of Aristophanes Clouds with a view to appreciating the author's self-presentation in the parabasis.
  • 1.1A digression in a fictional work in which the author addresses the reader.


early 19th century: from Greek, from parabainein 'go aside'.

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