Definition of eucatastrophe in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌjuːkəˈtastrəfi/


A sudden and favourable resolution of events in a story; a happy ending.
Example sentences
  • Tolkien called the gospel account the ‘eucatastrophe’, the happiest of all tragedies, because it satisfies the human heart's deepest yearnings, including the desire for an epic mythology.
  • Nowadays, a vulnerable hero can suffer and achieve his mission, can protect and serve through pain and death because Christ's eucatastrophe brought about a revolution in literature.


Mid 20th century: said to have been coined by Tolkien.

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