catastasis

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek κατάστασις (katástasis, settling, appointment).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /kəˈtæstəsɪs/

Noun[edit]

catastasis (countable and uncountable, plural catastases)

  1. In classical drama, the third and penultimate section, in which action is heightened for the catastrophe.
    • 1922, It doubles itself in the middle of his life, reflects itself in another, repeats itself, protasis, epitasis, catastasis, catastrophe. — James Joyce, Ulysses
    • 1965, ‘The object of the meta-theatre is precisely that – to allow the participants to see through their first roles in it. But that is only the catastasis.’ — John Fowles, The Magus

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