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stichomythia

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noun sticho·myth·ia \ˌsti-kə-ˈmi-thē-ə\

Definition of stichomythia

  1. :  dialogue especially of altercation or dispute delivered by two actors in alternating lines (as in classical Greek drama)

sticho·myth·ic play \ˌsti-kə-ˈmi-thik\ adjective


Variants of stichomythia

also sti·chom·y·thy play \sti-ˈkä-mə-thē\

Origin of stichomythia

Greek stichomythia, from stichomythein to speak dialogue in alternate lines, from stichos row, verse + mythos speech, myth; akin to Greek steichein to walk, go — more at stair


First Known Use: 1861


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