a sudden turn of events or an unexpected reversal, especially in a literary work.
- Also per·i·pe·ti·a; pe·rip·e·ty [puh-rip-i-tee]. /pəˈrɪp ɪ ti/.
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How to use peripeteia in a sentence
But Theodore Kremer, who very possibly never heard of peripety, would do exactly the same thing.Seeing Things at Night | Heywood Broun
When a pupil brings in a play in favor of polygamy, Baker declines to argue but talks instead about peripety.Pieces of Hate | Heywood Broun
It is a turning-point, a veritable moral peripety, though the decisive step was taken long ago.Cyropaedia | Xenophon
Has the conception of the peripety, as an almost obligatory element in drama, any significance for the modern playwright?Play-Making | William Archer
In the third act of Othello we have a peripety handled with consummate theatrical skill.Play-Making | William Archer
British Dictionary definitions for peripeteia
(esp in drama) an abrupt turn of events or reversal of circumstances
- peripeteian or peripetian, adjective
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