(in ancient Greek tragedy) the critical moment of recognition or discovery, especially preceding peripeteia.
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British Dictionary definitions for anagnorisis
(in Greek tragedy) the recognition or discovery by the protagonist of the identity of some character or the nature of his own predicament, which leads to the resolution of the plot; denouement
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