Definition of Peripeteia

1. Noun. 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"

Exact synonyms: Peripetia, Peripety
Generic synonyms: Surprise



Definition of Peripeteia

1. Noun. a reversal of fortune; a sudden change in circumstances ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Peripeteia

1. [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Peripeteia

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peripatecian
peripatecians
peripatetic
peripatetical
peripatetically
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peripateticisms
peripatetics
peripatric
peripatry
peripatus
peripatuses
peripetalous
peripeteia (current term)
peripeteias
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peripetias
peripeties
peripety
peripharyngeal
peripharyngeal space
peripherad
peripheral
peripheral aneurysm
peripheral anterior synechia
peripheral arteriosclerosis
peripheral blood stem cell transplantation
peripheral brain

Literary usage of Peripeteia

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1. Of the Origin and Progress of Language by James Burnett Monboddo (1789)
"... dialogue of- Xenophon, the Hieron,—more poetical than any of them, having a kind of peripeteia in it. ..."

2. A History of Ancient Greek Literature by Gilbert Murray (1897)
"(3) Dens with ' peripeteia': Iphigenia in Tauris (413), Helena (412), Orestes (408). Iphigenia in Anlis and Baccha: doubtful ; probably ' peripeteia ' in ..."

3. A History of Ancient Greek Literature by Gilbert Murray (1897)
"(2) Deus with mere prophecy or the like : Andromache (424), Supf lifts (421), Ion, Electra (414?). (3) Deus with 'peripeteia': ..."

4. History of the Literature of Ancient Greece: To the Period of Isocrates by Karl Otfried Müller, George Cornewall Lewis (1847)
"The appearance of Hercules only effects an outward peripeteia, or thnt sort of revolution which bears upon the occurrences in the |.iece ; the intrinsic ..."

5. Selected Prose Works of G.E. Lessing by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing (1890)
"We have seen that one does not exclude the other, and although in ' Iphigenia' a happy recognition follows upon the unhappy peripeteia and the play ..."

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