/peuh rab"euh sis/, n., pl. parabases /-seez'/.
(in ancient Greek drama) a choral ode addressed to the audience, esp. of comedy, and independent of the action of the play: usually following the agon and, in the earliest forms of comedy, serving often to end the play.
[1810-20; < Gk parábasis a going aside, digression; see PARA-1, BASIS]

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plural  parabases 

      an important choral ode in Greek Old Comedy delivered by the chorus at an intermission in the action while facing and moving toward the audience. It was used to express the author's views on political or religious topics of the day.

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