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peripeteia

[ per-uh-pi-tahy-uh, -tee-uh ]
/ 藢p蓻r 蓹 p瑟藞ta瑟 蓹, -藞ti 蓹 /
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noun
a sudden turn of events or an unexpected reversal, especially in a literary work.
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Origin of peripeteia

First recorded in 1585鈥95; from Greek perip茅teia 鈥渟udden change,鈥 equivalent to peripet(岣梥) literally, 鈥渇alling round鈥 (peri-peri- + pet-, base of p铆ptein 鈥渢o fall鈥) + -eia -y3
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How to use peripeteia in a sentence

  • Now then for anagnorisis, comic peripeteia, division into acts, and the rest of the wallet!

    Two Sides of the Face|Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

British Dictionary definitions for peripeteia

peripeteia

peripetia peripety (p蓹藞r瑟p蓹t瑟)

/ (藢p蓻r瑟p瑟藞ta瑟蓹, -藞t瑟蓹) /

noun
(esp in drama) an abrupt turn of events or reversal of circumstances

Derived forms of peripeteia

peripeteian or peripetian, adjective

Word Origin for peripeteia

C16: from Greek, from peri- + piptein to fall (to change suddenly, literally: to fall around)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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