parabasis

noun pa·rab·a·sis \pəˈrabəsə̇s\

Definition of parabasis

plural

parabases

\-əˌsēz\
  1. :  an important choral ode in the Old Greek comedy mainly in anapestic tetrameters delivered by the chorus at an intermission in the action while facing and moving toward the audience

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Origin and Etymology of parabasis

Greek, from parabainein to go aside, step forward, from para- 1para- + bainein to walk, step, go — more at come


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