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[kuh-tas-tuh-sis] /kəˈtæs tə sɪs/
noun, plural catastases
[kuh-tas-tuh-seez] /kəˈtæs təˌsiz/ (Show IPA)
the part of a drama, preceding the catastrophe, in which the action is at its height; the climax of a play.
Compare catastrophe (def 4), epitasis, protasis.
Origin of catastasis
1650-60; < Greek katástasis stability, akin to kathistánai to make stand, settle. See cata-, stasis Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Consider therefore this pitiable Twentieth of June as a futility; no catastrophe, rather a catastasis, or heightening.

    The French Revolution Thomas Carlyle

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