plural catastases
: the dramatic complication immediately preceding the climax of a play
: the climax of a play compare catastrophe, epitasis, protasis

Word History


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

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“Catastasis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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