the heightened part of the action in ancient drama, leading directly to the catastrophe
Origin of catastasisClassical Greek katastasis, an arranging, setting forth from kathistanai from kata-, down + histanai, to set up, cause to stand
- The intensified part of the action directly preceding the catastrophe in classical tragedy.
- The climax of a drama.
Origin of catastasisGreek katastasis settled state from kathistanai to come into a certain state kat-, kata- cata- histanai to set ; see stā- in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural catastases)
- In classical drama, the third and penultimate section, in which action is heightened for the catastrophe.
From Ancient Greek κατάστασις (katastasis, “settling, appointment”).