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per·i·pe·te·iaalso 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.]
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peripeteia(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
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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]
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peripeteia, peripetia, peripety
Literature. a sudden change in the course of events, especially in dramatic works.See also: Drama
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|Noun||1.||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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