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- in classical drama, the third and penultimate section, in which action is heightened for the catastrophe
*1922: It doubles itself in the middle of his life, reflects itself in another, repeats itself, protasis, epitasis, catastasis, catastrophe. — James Joyce, Ulysses
*1965: ‘The object of the meta-theatre is precisely that – to allow the participants to see through their first roles in it. But that is only the catastasis.' — John Fowles, The Magus
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
||Ca*tas"ta*sis (?), n. [NL., fr.
Gr. &?;, fr. &?; to set; kata` down + &?; to place.]
1. (Rhet.) That part of a speech,
usually the exordium, in which the orator sets forth the subject
matter to be discussed.
2. (Med.) The state, or condition
of anything; constitution; habit of body.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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