Word-built world: Peripeteia

peripeteia/ˌpɛrɪpɪˈtʌɪə,ˌpɛrɪpɪˈtiːə/nounFORMALnoun: peripeteia; plural noun: peripeteias

  1. a sudden reversal of fortune or change in circumstances, especially in reference to fictional narrative.”the peripeteias of the drama”


late 16th century: from Greek peripeteia ‘sudden change’, from peri- ‘around’ + the stem of piptein ‘to fall’.

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