noun, plural ca·tas·ta·ses [kuh-tas-tuh-seez] /kəˈtæs təˌsiz/.

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.

Nearby words

  1. catarrhal gastritis,
  2. catarrhal inflammation,
  3. catarrhine,
  4. catastalsis,
  5. catastaltic,
  6. catastrophe,
  7. catastrophe theory,
  8. catastrophic,
  9. catastrophic reaction,
  10. catastrophism

Origin of catastasis

1650–60; < Greek katástasis stability, akin to kathistánai to make stand, settle. See cata-, stasis Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for catastasis

  • Consider therefore this pitiable Twentieth of June as a futility; no catastrophe, rather a catastasis, or heightening.

    The French Revolution|Thomas Carlyle