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n. pl. e·pit·a·ses (-sēz′)
The middle part of a play that develops the action leading to the catastrophe.

[Greek, stretching, intensity, from epiteinein, epita-, to stretch, intensify : epi-, epi- + teinein, to stretch; see ten- in Indo-European roots.]


n, pl -ses (-siːz)
(Theatre) (in classical drama) the part of a play in which the main action develops. Compare protasis2, catastrophe2
[C16: from Greek: a stretching, intensification, from teinein to stretch]


(ɪˈpɪt ə sɪs)

n., pl. -ses (-ˌsiz)
the part of an ancient drama, following the protasis, in which the main action is developed. Compare catastrophe (def. 4).
[1580–90; < Greek epítasis increase of intensity, stretching]


a period of violence in the course of a disease, especially a fever.
See also: Disease and Illness
the main action of a drama, leading up to the catastrophe. Cf. protasis.
See also: Drama
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In a decade when the children's troupes were still the preferred entertainers at court, performing relatively longer plays exhibiting classical Terentian structure (e.g., protasis, epitasis, catastrophe, and even in plays like Campaspe and Sappho and Phao, sometimes printed in five acts) as well as engaged in the conversion of indoor spaces for the use of performing plays, a habit of conflating the two traditions, or assuming simply one, has rendered us unable to distinguish emerging practices from those that were lingering, particularly when examining the relationship between players and printed drama.
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The concluding section brings the thought or rhetorical argument contained in the chiasm to completion and usually appears as a moral or summarizing phrase (often manifesting as epitasis or epiphonema).
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Asi pues, el episodio de maxima tension del relato--su epitasis o nucleo mas perturbador--es sometido en ambas ediciones a un radical silenciamiento.