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per·i·pe·te·ia also per·i·pe·ti·a  audio  (pr-p-t, -t) KEY 

NOUN:
A sudden change of events or reversal of circumstances, especially in a literary work.

ETYMOLOGY:
Greek, from peripiptein, peripet-, to change suddenly : peri-, peri- + piptein, to fall; see pet- in Indo-European roots


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