catastasis

noun
ca·​tas·​ta·​sis | \ kəˈtastəsə̇s \
plural catastases\ -​əˌsēz \

Definition of catastasis

1 : the dramatic complication immediately preceding the climax of a play
2 : the climax of a play — compare catastrophe, epitasis, protasis

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History and Etymology for catastasis

Greek katastasis settlement, establishment, from kathistanai to set in order, from kata- cata- + histanai to set, place

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“Catastasis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/catastasis. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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