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also per·i·pe·ti·a  (pĕr′ə-pə-tē′ə, -tī′ə)
A sudden change of events or reversal of circumstances, especially in a literary work.

[Greek, from peripiptein, peripet-, to change suddenly : peri-, peri- + piptein, to fall; see pet- in Indo-European roots.]


(ˌpɛrɪpɪˈtaɪə; -ˈtɪə) or




(Theatre) (esp in drama) an abrupt turn of events or reversal of circumstances
[C16: from Greek, from peri- + piptein to fall (to change suddenly, literally: to fall around)]
ˌperipeˈteian, ˌperipeˈtian adj


or per•i•pe•ti•a

(ˌpɛr ə pɪˈtaɪ ə, -ˈti ə)

n., pl. -tei•as or -ti•as.
a sudden turn of events or an unexpected reversal, esp. in a literary work.
[1585–95; < Greek peripéteia sudden change]

peripeteia, peripetia, peripety

Literature. a sudden change in the course of events, especially in dramatic works.
See also: Drama
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.peripeteia - a sudden and unexpected change of fortune or reverse of circumstances (especially in a literary work); "a peripeteia swiftly turns a routine sequence of events into a story worth telling"
surprise - a sudden unexpected event
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Besides which, the most powerful elements of emotional: interest in Tragedy Peripeteia or Reversal of the Situation, and Recognition scenes--are parts of the plot.
Gage, who had already re-fashioned his own life narrative in order to accommodate it to various personal peripeteias, produced a text which was intended to work as an ultimate confessional testimony in which his Catholicism was presented as a past mistake already atoned for.
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Of the remaining essays, Bianca Theisen instructively relates Kleist's stories to the novella tradition from Boccaccio onwards, and provides a close analysis of peripeteias in Die Verlobung; Hilda M.
38) In his view, the instability of the portrait-object's "signs" (to use Saussurian vocabulary) made them elegant sources of quiproquos and peripeteias.