Definition of parabasis in English:


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Pronunciation: /pəˈrabəsɪs/

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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.
  • 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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