Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Peripeteia.

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  • n. Alternative form of peripeteia.

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  • n. a sudden and unexpected change of fortune or reverse of circumstances (especially in a literary work)

Etymologies

French péripétie, from Greek peripeteia; see peripeteia.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • "peripety," or sudden reversal of circumstances, on which the plot of the "H.llenica" hinges, see Grote, "H. G." x.

    Hellenica

  • It is a turning-point, a veritable moral peripety, though the decisive step was taken long ago.

    Cyropaedia

  • For the “peripety,” or sudden reversal of circumstances, on which the plot of the

    Hellenica

  • And, in a real peripety, it turns out that the area of political science where mathematics has had the greatest success is elections, the most exciting and decisive part of democratic life, where public opinion turns into government and policy.

    THE CLOSING OF THE AMERICAN MIND

  • Hence a sudden and complete peripety in the student's mind.

    Seven Men

  • For him to fall in love was itself a violent peripety, bound to produce a violent upheaval; and such was his pride that for his love to be unrequited would naturally enamour him of death.

    Zuleika Dobson, or, an Oxford love story

  • For him to fall in love was itself a violent peripety, bound to produce a violent up-heaval; and such was his pride that for his love to be unrequited would naturally enamour him of death.

    Zuleika Dobson

  • The peripety was according to the best rules of tragic art.

    Zuleika Dobson

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  • The literal meaning of Peripecias del no is "Peripeties of No," but while the title works great in Spanish, in English, it is inkhorn.
    Darren Koolman's Translator's Preface to The No Variations by Luis Chitarroni

    September 12, 2013

  • "'How would you render peripateia?'

    "'Why surely a reverse. But no doubt you mean it in the dramatical sense: can you not say peripety in English? The French certainly have péripétie; though to be sure they use it loosely, in the sense of ordinary vicissitudes.'

    "'I believe I have seen peripety. But it is scarcely current English...'"
    --Patrick O'Brian, The Letter of Marque, 178–179

    February 29, 2008