Definition of catastasis in English:

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catastasis

Pronunciation: /kəˈtastəsəs/

noun (plural catastases /-ˌsēz/)

The third part of an ancient Greek drama, in which the action is heightened for the catastrophe.
Example sentences
  • Could there be a better place to pause in that sentence; isn't it almost an absurdly early catastasis, or the foreshadowing of catastasis?
  • ‘Non enim excursus hic ejus, sed opus ipsum est,’ he quotes in the seventh volume, gently chiding any reader who might still, at that late date, be hoping for the traditional sequence of protasis, epitasis, catastasis, catastrophe, and peripeteia.

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Syllabification: ca·tas·ta·sis

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