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stich·o·myth·i·a(stĭk′ə-mĭth′ē-ə) also sti·chom·y·thy (stĭ-kŏm′ə-thē)
A form of verbal sparring used especially in ancient Greek drama or poetry, in which single lines of verse or parts of lines are spoken by alternate speakers.
[Greek stikhomūthiā, from stikhomūthein, to speak in alternating lines : stikhos, stich; see steigh- in Indo-European roots + mūthos, speech.]
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(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a form of dialogue originating in Greek drama in which single lines are uttered by alternate speakers
[C19: from Greek stikhomuthein to speak alternate lines, from stikhos line + muthos speech; see myth]
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sti•cho•myth•i•a(ˌstɪk əˈmɪθ i ə)
also sti•chom•y•thy(stɪˈkɒm ə θi)
dramatic dialogue, as in a Greek play, characterized by brief exchanges between two characters, each of whom usu. speaks in one line of verse.
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dialogue in single alternating lines, as found in ancient Greek drama. — stichomythic, adj.See also: Drama
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