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ca·tas·ta·sis  audio  (k-tst-ss) KEY 

NOUN:
pl. ca·tas·ta·ses  (-sz) KEY 
  1. The intensified part of the action directly preceding the catastrophe in classical tragedy.
  2. The climax of a drama.

ETYMOLOGY:
Greek katastasis, settled state, from kathistanai, to come into a certain state : kat-, kata-, cata- + histanai, to set; see st- in Indo-European roots


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