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- n. Plural form of parabasis.
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These 'parabases,' so characteristic of the Aristophanic comedy, are conceived in the brightest and wittiest vein, and abound in topical allusions and personal hits that must have constituted them perhaps the most telling part of the whole performance.
Thackeray's _parabases_ ought to think this is a still more objectionable thing.
Eupolis they tell us was agreeable in his jokes, and ingenious in covert allusions, so that he never needed the assistance of parabases to say whatever he wished, but that he was deficient in satiric power.
_parabases_ of the kind which some people object to in Fielding and still more in Thackeray -- addresses to the reader on points more or less intimately connected with the subject itself.