catastasis

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EtymologyEdit

From Ancient Greek κατάστασις (katastasis, settling, appointment).

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NounEdit

catastasis (countable and uncountable, plural catastases)

  1. In classical drama, the third and penultimate section, in which action is heightened for the catastrophe.
    • 1922, It doubles itself in the middle of his life, reflects itself in another, repeats itself, protasis, epitasis, catastasis, catastrophe. — James Joyce, Ulysses
    • 1965, ‘The object of the meta-theatre is precisely that – to allow the participants to see through their first roles in it. But that is only the catastasis.’ — John Fowles, The Magus

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Last modified on 29 November 2013, at 11:51