One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Belonging to, spoken by, or resembling a chorus in drama or recitation.
- ‘This song is sung by Pete Townshend, whose voice in the film is a kind of choric narrator, directly addressing the audience as in Greek tragedy.’
- ‘The story is presented by nine choric dancers who, in their dark glasses and black skullcaps, resemble a sinister Gallic mime troupe.’
- ‘In the same way, the sight of his father defeated by unemployment provides Death of a Salesman with its Greek, choric universality.’
- ‘Where Brecht uses song or projected words upon a screen, Shakespeare is more likely to use choric characters who may utter highly wrought poetic speeches of some length only to disappear for the rest of the play.’
- ‘He praises her perfection in hyperbolic, mythological terms in the long speech which precedes the choric conclusion to the play.’
Mid 19th century: via late Latin from Greek khorikos, from khoros ‘chorus’.
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