- (in ancient Greek tragedy) the critical moment of recognition or discovery, especially preceding peripeteia.
Origin of anagnorisis
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Examples from the Web for anagnorisis
It was often associated with the anagnorisis or recognition.Play-Making
Now then for anagnorisis, comic peripeteia, division into acts, and the rest of the wallet!Two Sides of the Face
Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
Il Lasca, who deserves great credit for his perspicacity, carried on an unremitting warfare against the comedy of anagnorisis.Renaissance in Italy: Italian Literature
John Addington Symonds
- (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
from Greek: recognition
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Word Origin and History for anagnorisis
c.1800, from Latin, from Greek anagnorisis "recognition," from anagnorizein "to recognize."
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