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peripety (countable and uncountable, plural peripeties)

  1. Alternative form of peripeteia (sudden change in circumstances; crisis)
    • 1911, Max Beerbohm, Zuleika Dobson:
      For him to fall in love was itself a violent peripety, bound to produce a violent upheaval []
    • 2020, Paul M. Blowers, Visions and Faces of the Tragic [] , Oxford University Press, →ISBN, page 127:
      As a consequence of the primeval peripety, the Adamic fall narrated in Genesis 3, []
  2. (psychoanalysis) The third stage of a dream in Jungian theory.