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epitasis

[ih-pit-uh-sis] /ɪˈpɪt ə sɪs/
noun, plural epitases
[ih-pit-uh-seez] /ɪˈpɪt əˌsiz/ (Show IPA)
1.
the part of an ancient drama, following the protasis, in which the main action is developed.
Compare catastasis, catastrophe (def 4), protasis.
Origin
1580-1590
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/
noun
1.
(in classical drama) the part of a play in which the main action develops Compare protasis (sense 2), catastrophe (sense 2)
Word Origin
C16: from Greek: a stretching, intensification, from teinein to stretch
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