catastasis

[ kuh-tas-tuh-sis ]
/ kəˈtæs tə sɪs /

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.

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Origin of catastasis

1650–60; <Greek katástasis stability, akin to kathistánai to make stand, settle. See cata-, stasis
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Example sentences 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