peripeteia [ per-uh-pi-tahy-uh, -tee-uh ]
1. 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] .
WORDS RELATED TO PERIPETEIA
culmination, twist, climax, juncture, crux, axis, change, contingency, crisis, crossing, crossroads, crunch, cusp, development, emergency, exigency, hinge, nexus, pass, peak
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Origin: 1585–95; < Greek peripéteia sudden change, equivalent to peripet(ḗs) literally, falling round (peri- peri- + pet-, base of píptein to fall) + -eia -y
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