Meaning of parabasis in English:

parabasis

nounparabases

  • 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.’
    1. 1.1A digression in a fictional work in which the author addresses the reader.

Origin

Early 19th century from Greek, from parabainein ‘go aside’.

Pronunciation

parabasis

/pəˈrabəsɪs/