Meaning of catastasis

ca•tas•ta•sis

Pronunciation: (ku-tas'tu-sis), [key]
— pl. -ses
  1. the part of a drama, preceding the catastrophe, in which the action is at its height; the climax of a play. Cf. catastrophe (def. 4),
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