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epitasis

[ ih-pit-uh-sis ]
/ ɪˈpɪt ə sɪs /
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noun, plural e·pit·a·ses [ih-pit-uh-seez]. /ɪˈpɪt əˌsiz/.

the part of an ancient drama, following the protasis, in which the main action is developed.Compare catastasis, catastrophe (def. 4), protasis.

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Origin of epitasis

1580–90; <Greek epítasis emphasis, increase of intensity, stretching, equivalent to epi-epi- + ta- (variant stem of teínein to stretch) + -sis-sis
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British Dictionary definitions for epitasis

epitasis
/ (ɪˈpɪtəsɪs) /

noun

(in classical drama) the part of a play in which the main action developsCompare protasis (def. 2), catastrophe (def. 2)

Word Origin for epitasis

C16: from Greek: a stretching, intensification, from teinein to stretch
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