Definition of parabasis in English:

parabasis

Line breaks: para|basis
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.

Origin

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

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