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catastasis

[kuh-tas-tuh-sis] /kəˈtæs tə sɪs/
noun, plural catastases
[kuh-tas-tuh-seez] /kəˈtæs təˌsiz/ (Show IPA)
1.
the part of a drama, preceding the catastrophe, in which the action is at its height; the climax of a play.
Compare catastrophe (def 4), epitasis, protasis.
Origin
1650-1660
1650-60; < Greek katástasis stability, akin to kathistánai to make stand, settle. See cata-, stasis
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the dramatic complication that immediately precedes the climax of a play or that occurs during the climax of a play. Compare catastrophe

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