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



catastasis (countable and uncountable, plural catastases)

  1. In classical drama, the third and penultimate section, in which action is heightened for the catastrophe.
    • 1922, James Joyce, Ulysses
      It doubles itself in the middle of his life, reflects itself in another, repeats itself, protasis, epitasis, catastasis, catastrophe.
    • 1965, John Fowles, The Magus
      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.
  2. (rhetoric) The part of a speech that states the subject to be discussed.

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