catastasis

catastasis

[kuh-tas-tuh-sis]
noun, plural catastases [kuh-tas-tuh-seez] .
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:
1650–60; < Greek katástasis stability, akin to kathistánai to make stand, settle. See cata-, stasis

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catastasis

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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