anagnorises

anagnorisis

[an-ag-nawr-uh-sis, -nohr-]
noun, plural anagnorises [an-ag-nawr-uh-seez, -nohr-] .
(in ancient Greek tragedy) the critical moment of recognition or discovery, especially preceding peripeteia.

Origin:
1790–1800; < Latin < Greek, equivalent to anagnōrí(zein) to know again (ana- ana- + gnōr-, cognate with Latin -gnōr- in ignōrāre to ignore + -izein -ize) + -sis -sis; perhaps gnōr- from adj. derivative *gnō-ró- knowing

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anagnorisis (ˌænəɡˈnɒrɪsɪs)
 
n , pl -ses
(in Greek tragedy) the recognition or discovery by the protagonist of the identity of some character or the nature of his own predicament, which leads to the resolution of the plot; denouement
 
[from Greek: recognition]

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anagnorisis
c.1800, from L., from Gk. anagnorisis, from anagnorizein "to recognize."
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