American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A sudden change of events or reversal of circumstances, especially in a literary work.
- n. a reversal of fortune; a sudden change in circumstances
- n. a sudden and unexpected change of fortune or reverse of circumstances (especially in a literary work)
- From Ancient Greek περιπέτεια, ultimately from περί ("round, around, about") + the stem of πίπτω ("to fall"). (Wiktionary)
- 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)
“Were Cantor's failure and Murdoch's peripeteia inevitable?”
“I see what you're saying, but it certainly did cause me to reevaluate my initial impressions of the plot, which kinda-sorta feels like a twist, or at least some form of elaborate peripeteia.”
“If the hammam were a Greek tragedy, and in some ways I think it is, this man's entry is the peripeteia, the moment of dramatic reversal that marks the beginning of catharsis.”
“He destroys the wonderful peripeteia of the original story, jettisons the power of the over-the-top surreal insanity by bestowing it on a minor character, and replaces it all with a fatalistic conclusion to a psycho-drama.”
“Levin (1929-2007), best known for his novels "Rosemary's Baby" (1967) and "The Stepford Wives" (1972), had obviously mastered the principles of Aristotle's "Poetics," for Deathtrap abounds in "peripeteia" or sudden reversals of fortune.”
“We were instructed that life, like Greek plays, features peripeteia, or reversals of fortune.”
“The other word, peripeteia, that's the moment in the great tragedies, you know -- Euripides and Sophocles -- the moment where Oedipus has his moment, where he suddenly realizes that hot chick he's been sleeping with and having babies with is his mother.”
“Now then for anagnorisis, comic peripeteia, division into acts, and the rest of the wallet!”
“Such a [Greek: peripeteia], such a reversal of human conditions of being, as that now exhibited between the Eton lower boy uplifted to the luxurious gallery pew, and the head-master of Eton, whom I was accustomed to see in the roomy deck of the upper school with vacant space and terror all around him, it must be hard for any one to conceive, except the two who were the subjects of it.”
“Rinaldo's combat with Orlando in the Christian camp furnishes an anagnorisis; while the plot is brought to its conclusion by the peripeteia of”
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