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Friday, October 02, 2015

Definitions for peripeteia

  1. a sudden turn of events or an unexpected reversal, especially in a literary work.

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Citations for peripeteia
I fixed my eyes on a hawk slicing across the pristine sky and waited for the peripeteia. "Victoria got remarried," Jack finally said. Rex Pickett, Sideways, 2004
…the ability to find words to describe my condition was decreasing at the rate at which I was recuperating physically. Since you would never allow the term "crisis," we silently agreed on "peripeteia"—as if we were one step away from the inevitable solution of all the entanglements in a silly classical drama. Christa Wolf, “Self-experiment,” What Remains, translated by Heike Schwarzbauer and Rick Takvorian, 1993
Origin of peripeteia
Peripeteia entered English in the late 1500s from the Greek word peripéteia, also meaning "sudden change." The Greek root peripetḗs literally means “falling around.”
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