from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The intensified part of the action directly preceding the catastrophe in classical tragedy.
- n. The climax of a drama.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. In classical drama, the third and penultimate section, in which action is heightened for the catastrophe.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. That part of a speech, usually the exordium, in which the orator sets forth the subject matter to be discussed.
- n. The state, or condition of anything; constitution; habit of body.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In rhetoric, that part of the exordium in which the speaker seeks to dispose his hearers to a view of the case favorable to his own side, especially by removing from their minds what might prejudice them against it.
- n. That part of the Greek drama in which the action, initiated in the epitasis, is sustained, continued, and prepared for the catastrophe.
- n. In medicine, constitution, state, or condition.
Greek katastasis, settled state, from kathistanai, to come into a certain state : kat-, kata-, cata- + histanai, to set; see stā- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek κατάστασις ("settling, appointment"). (Wiktionary)