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noun (plural parabases /pəˈrabəsiːz/)
1(In ancient Greek comedy) a direct address to the audience, sung or chanted by the chorus on behalf of the author.
- 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.
Early 19th century: from Greek, from parabainein 'go aside'.
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