American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The middle part of a play that develops the action leading to the catastrophe.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. That part of an ancient drama which embraces the main action of the play and leads on to the catastrophe; also, that part of an oration which appeals to the passions: opposed to protasis.
- n. In logic, the consequent term of a proposition.
- n. In medicine, the beginning and increase of a fever.
- n. In music, the raising of the voice or the strings of an instrument from a lower to a higher pitch: opposed to anesis.
- n. The second part of a play, in which the action begins.
- n. rhetoric The addition of a concluding sentence that merely emphasizes what has already been stated.
- n. obsolete The period of violence in a fever or disease; paroxysm.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. That part which embraces the main action of a play, poem, and the like, and leads on to the catastrophe; -- opposed to
- n. (Med.) The period of violence in a fever or disease; paroxysm.
- From Ancient Greek ἐπίτασις ("stretching"), from ἐπιτείνω ("to stretch"), from ἐπί + τείνω ("stretch"). (Wiktionary)
- Greek, stretching, intensity, from epiteinein, epita-, to stretch, intensify : epi-, epi- + teinein, to stretch; see ten- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Which is incredible to think that the food you're putting in is also, it's almost the epitasis of globalization, you know, you are talking about growing local, consuming local, so that you can get rid some of the oil.”
“How my uncle Toby and Corporal Trim managed this matter, — with the history of their campaigns, which were no way barren of events, — may make no uninteresting under-plot in the epitasis and working-up of this drama. —”
“-- Ed.  Epitasis, Greek epitasis the point in a play wherein the plot thickens.”
“It doubles itself in the middle of his life, reflects itself in another, repeats itself, protasis, epitasis, catastasis, catastrophe.”
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