from The Century Dictionary.
- noun In anc. Gr. comedy, a part of the parabasis (or second parabasis also, if there is one), consisting in a direct address of the chorus to the spectators, and containing humorous complaints and direct attacks upon the follies and vices of the public, the mismanagement of state affairs, etc., with special reference to passing events and hits at well-known individuals.
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- noun an
addressusually made about public affairsspoken by the leader of the chorusafter the parabasis in Ancient Greekold comedies
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