noun, plural epitases [ih-pit-uh-seez] .
the part of an ancient drama, following the protasis, in which the main action is developed. Compare catastasis, catastrophe ( def 4 ), protasis.

1580–90; < Greek epítasis emphasis, increase of intensity, stretching, equivalent to epi- epi- + ta- (variant stem of teínein to stretch) + -sis -sis

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epitasis (ɪˈpɪtəsɪs)
protasis Compare catastrophe (in classical drama) the part of a play in which the main action develops
[C16: from Greek: a stretching, intensification, from teinein to stretch]

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