noun /kəˈtæstəsɪs/
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

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  • Catastasis — 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. [1913 Webster] 2. (Med.) The state, or condition… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • catastasis — catastásis s.f. (înv.) situaţie, stare. Trimis de blaurb, 27.03.2006. Sursa: DAR …   Dicționar Român

  • catástasis — (Del gr. κατάστασις, constitución, temperamento). f. Ret. Punto culminante del asunto de un drama, tragedia o poema épico …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • catastasis — [kə tas′tə sis] n. pl. catastases [kə tas′təsēz΄] [Gr katastasis, an arranging, setting forth < kathistanai < kata , down + histanai, to set up, cause to STAND] the heightened part of the action in ancient drama, leading directly to the… …   English World dictionary

  • catástasis — (Del gr. katastasis, institución.) ► sustantivo femenino LITERATURA Punto culminante del asunto de un drama, de una tragedia o de un poema épico. IRREG. plural catástasis * * * catástasis (del gr. «katástasis», constitución, temperamento) f.… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Catastasis — In classical tragedies, a catastasis (pl. catastases ) is the third part of an ancient drama, in which the intrigue or action that was initiated in the epitasis, is supported and heightened, until ready to be unravelled in the catastrophe. It… …   Wikipedia

  • catastasis — /keuh tas teuh sis/, n., pl. catastases / seez /. the part of a drama, preceding the catastrophe, in which the action is at its height; the climax of a play. Cf. catastrophe (def. 4), epitasis, protasis. [1650 60; < Gk katástasis stability, akin… …   Universalium

  • catastasis — 1. A condition or state. 2. Restoration to a normal condition or a normal place. [G.] …   Medical dictionary

  • catastasis — n. intense action before the climax of a drama …   English contemporary dictionary

  • catastasis — ca·tas·ta·sis …   English syllables

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