pa·​rab·​a·​sis | \ pəˈrabəsə̇s \
plural parabases\ -​əˌsēz \

Definition of parabasis

: 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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History and Etymology for parabasis

Greek, from parabainein to go aside, step forward, from para- para- entry 1 + bainein to walk, step, go

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“Parabasis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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