- a sudden turn of events or an unexpected reversal, especially in a literary work.
Also per·i·pe·ti·a, pe·rip·e·ty [puh-rip-i-tee] /pəˈrɪp ɪ ti/.
Origin of peripeteia
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peripetia peripety (pəˈrɪpətɪ)
- (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)
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Word Origin and History for peripeteia
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