epitasis

noun
epit·​a·​sis | \ i-ˈpi-tə-səs How to pronounce epitasis (audio) \
plural epitases\ i-​ˈpi-​tə-​ˌsēz How to pronounce epitasis (audio) \

Definition of epitasis

: the part of a play developing the main action and leading to the catastrophe

First Known Use of epitasis

1583, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for epitasis

borrowed from Greek epítasis "stretching, increase in intensity, development of the plot of a play," from epita-, variant stem of epiteínein "to stretch on or over, tighten, increase in intensity" (from epi- epi- + teínein "to stretch, extend, spread") + -sis -sis — more at tenant entry 1

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“Epitasis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/epitasis. Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

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