peripetian

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peripeteia, peripetia or peripety (ˌpɛrɪpɪˈtaɪə, -ˈtɪə, ˌpɛrɪpɪˈtaɪə, -ˈtɪə, pəˈrɪpətɪ)
 
n
(esp in drama) an abrupt turn of events or reversal of circumstances
 
[C16: from Greek, from peri- + piptein to fall (to change suddenly, literally: to fall around)]
 
peripetia, peripetia or peripety
 
n
 
[C16: from Greek, from peri- + piptein to fall (to change suddenly, literally: to fall around)]
 
peripety, peripetia or peripety
 
n
 
[C16: from Greek, from peri- + piptein to fall (to change suddenly, literally: to fall around)]
 
peripe'teian, peripetia or peripety
 
adj
 
peripe'tian, peripetia or peripety
 
adj

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