Definitions

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  • n. The moment in the plot of a drama in which the hero makes a discovery that explains previously unexplained events or situations.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The unfolding or dénouement.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Recognition.
  • n. The unraveling of a plot in dramatic action; dénouement; clearing up.

Etymologies

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Examples

  • Because the upside of being a tragic protagonist is that every such protagonist experiences anagnorisis, meaning “recognition.”

    Amaryllis in Blueberry

  • Like you might read a Greek play and initially identify the basic agon and the key moment of anagnorisis, you might read an SF short story and initially identify the most obvious alethic quirks.

    Modality and Hamlet

  • His anagnorisis -- when the protagonist realizes the true identities of those surrounding him along with his own -- took place in the solitary cell of Evin prison where he spent twenty days.

    Mir-Sayafi: Iranian Blogger's Writings Bring Him To Life

  • The author thus depicted suffered an attack of anagnorisis at least twice while reading it.

    SF Tidbits for 10/7/07

  • If I recall correctly, anagnorisis was in Aristotle's Poetics the "recognition" of a tragic hero that leads to his downfall, the classic example being Oedipus's recognition that he married his mother.

    Creatures of the interlude

  • His anagnorisis--when the protagonist realizes the true identities of those surrounding him along with his own--took place in the solitary cell of Evin prison where he spent twenty days.

    Mir-Sayafi: Iranian Blogger's Writings Bring Him To Life

  • Structurally, TWBB is the first half of a Greek tragedy, perhaps, although the anagnorisis and catastrophe and what a catastrophe both storm in by the last twenty minutes.

    Kenneth Hite's Journal

  • And this metaphor in my head -- I got anagnorisis and peripetia on my chin.

    Mike Rowe celebrates dirty jobs

  • They're two sides of the same coin, just like innovation and imitation, like risk and responsibility, like peripetia and anagnorisis, like that poor little lamb, who I hope isn't quivering anymore, and like my time that's gone.

    Mike Rowe celebrates dirty jobs

  • Literally, the transition from ignorance to knowledge is anagnorisis, what our network does, it's what Dirty Jobs is.

    Mike Rowe celebrates dirty jobs

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  • See comments on eudaimonia.

    October 6, 2011

  • "He realizes everything at once like the climax of a bad Hindi musical. And then, with a certain horrid glee, he gets to the fundamental truth of it, the anagnorisis: This incident alone will keep us two old boys going for the next forty years. It is the story to end all stories. It is the gift that keeps on giving."
    White Teeth by Zadie Smith, p 441 of the Vintage International paperback

    February 1, 2011

  • Refers to an unveiling of truths. Great word. I always picture Poirot pacing around the drawing room with a crimson carpet, velvety curtains drawn, as nervous enemies sit on edge.

    October 20, 2009

  • What a wonderful word. Taught to me by my Shakespeare professor.

    October 1, 2008