peripety
noun (plural -ties) Date: 1753 peripeteia

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  • peripety — noun a sudden and unexpected change of fortune or reverse of circumstances (especially in a literary work) a peripeteia swiftly turns a routine sequence of events into a story worth telling • Syn: ↑peripeteia, ↑peripetia • Hypernyms: ↑surprise *… …   Useful english dictionary

  • peripety — pe·rip·e·ty (pə rĭpʹĭ tē) n. Peripeteia.   [French péripétie, from Greek peripeteia. See peripeteia.] * * * …   Universalium

  • peripety — noun A reversal of circumstances; a turning point …   Wiktionary

  • peripety — pe·rip·e·ty …   English syllables

  • peripety —   n. sudden and violent change in circumstances, especially in drama …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • Peripeteia — (Greek, polytonic|Περιπέτεια) is a reversal of circumstances, or turning point. The term is primarily used with reference to works of literature. The English form of peripeteia is Peripety . Peripety is a sudden reversal dependent on intellect… …   Wikipedia

  • Perepiteia — is purportedly a new kind of generator developed by Thane Heins. He has been given access to equipment to demonstrate it by professor Riadh Habash of the University of Ottawa, who says of it, It accelerates, but when it comes to an explanation,… …   Wikipedia

  • peripeteia — /per euh pi tuy euh, tee euh/, n. a sudden turn of events or an unexpected reversal, esp. in a literary work. Also, peripetia, peripety /peuh rip i tee/. [1585 95; < Gk peripéteia sudden change, equiv. to peripet(és) lit., falling round (peri… …   Universalium

  • peripeteia — [pə rip′ə tēper΄ə pi tē′ə, per΄ə pitī′ə] n. [Gr, reversal < peripetēs, falling in with, changing suddenly < peri , around (see PERI ) + piptein, to fall (see FEATHER)] a sudden change of fortune or reversal of circumstances, as in a drama:… …   English World dictionary

  • peripetia — noun a sudden and unexpected change of fortune or reverse of circumstances (especially in a literary work) a peripeteia swiftly turns a routine sequence of events into a story worth telling • Syn: ↑peripeteia, ↑peripety • Hypernyms: ↑surprise * * …   Useful english dictionary

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