from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A sudden change of events or reversal of circumstances, especially in a literary work.
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- n. a reversal of fortune; a sudden change in circumstances
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- n. a sudden and unexpected change of fortune or reverse 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.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek περιπέτεια, ultimately from περί ("round, around, about") + the stem of πίπτω ("to fall"). (Wiktionary)