stichomythia
also stichomythy noun Etymology: Greek stichomythia, from stichomythein to speak dialogue in alternate lines, from stichos row, verse + mythos speech, myth; akin to Greek steichein to walk, go — more at stair Date: 1861 dialogue especially of altercation or dispute delivered by two actors in alternating lines (as in classical Greek drama) • stichomythic adjective

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  • Stichomythia — is a technique in drama or poetry, in which alternating lines, or half lines, are given to alternating characters, voices, or entities.The term originated in the literature of Ancient Greece, and is often applied to the dramas of Sophocles,… …   Wikipedia

  • stichomythia — “dialogue in alternate lines,” Modern Latin, from Gk. stikhomythia, from stikhos (see STICHIC (Cf. stichic)) + mythos “speech, talk” (see MYTH (Cf. myth)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • stichomythia — [sti käm′ə thēstik΄ə mith′ē ə] n. [Gr < stichos, a line (see STILE1) + mythos, speech, MYTH1] dialogue in brief, alternate lines, as in ancient Greek drama: also stichomythy [sti käm′ə thē] stichomythic adj …   English World dictionary

  • stichomythia — stichomythic, adj. /stik euh mith ee euh/, n. dramatic dialogue, as in a Greek play, characterized by brief exchanges between two characters, each of whom usually speaks in one line of verse during a scene of intense emotion or strong… …   Universalium

  • stichomythia — noun /stɪkəˈmɪθɪə/ A technique in drama or poetry, in which alternating lines, or half lines, are given to alternating characters, voices, or entities , 1993: The trial in the great hall under its high vaults, dusty sunlight shafting in, full of… …   Wiktionary

  • stichomythia — sti•cho•myth•i•a [[t]ˌstɪk əˈmɪθ i ə[/t]] also sti•chom•y•thy [[t]stɪˈkɒm ə θi[/t]] n. lit. dramatic dialogue, as in a Greek play, characterized by brief exchanges between two characters, each of whom usu. speaks in one line of verse • Etymology …   From formal English to slang

  • stichomythia — См. sticomitìa …   Пятиязычный словарь лингвистических терминов

  • stichomythia — [ˌstɪkə(ʊ) mɪθɪə] noun dialogue in which two characters speak alternate lines of verse, used as a stylistic device in ancient Greek drama. Origin C19: mod. L., from Gk stikhomuthia, from stikhos row, line of verse + muthos speech, talk …   English new terms dictionary

  • stichomythia — stich·o·myth·ia …   English syllables

  • stichomythia — /stɪkəˈmɪθiə/ (say stikuh mitheeuh) noun the dramatic practice of dialogue in which each speaker uses exactly one line of the verse. Also, stichomythy /stəˈkɒməθi/ (say stuh komuhthee). {Greek} –stichomythic, adjective …   Australian English dictionary

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