Pronunciation: (prō-ag'ōn, -on, prō"ä-gōn'), [key]
—pl. pro•a•go•nesPronunciation: (prō"u-gō'nēz). [key] Greek.
(in ancient Greek comedy) a disputatious exchange, sometimes of a slapstick nature, between the chorus and the characters, or among the characters themselves, usually following the parodos and preceding the agon.
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