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meaning :

  1. a sudden reversal of fortune or change in circumstances, especially in reference to fictional narrative;
  2. a sudden turn of events or an unexpected reversal, especially in a literary work;
  3. a sudden change of events or reversal of circumstances, especially in a literary work;
  4. (psychoanalysis) A turning point in psychosocial development.
  5. a sudden reversal of fortune as a plot point in Classical tragedy; hence, any sudden change in circumstances; a crisis.

use :  formal; literary; psychoanalysis.

origin :  1615-25; < Latin indubitābilis.

examples :

  1. But the music itself coursed with the language and logic of the underdog peripeteia at the last-second buzzer.
  2. The peripeteias of the drama.
  3. It also stresses the revenger’s isolation from the world and the peripeteia of his actions which always lead to his own destruction.
  4. We were instructed that life, like Greek plays, features peripeteia, or reversals of fortune.


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October 3, 2015

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