Meaning of parabasis in English:


Pronunciation /pəˈrabəsɪs/


  • 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.


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