- The definition of an epitasis is the middle of a classical drama, where action is created that leads to the problem.
An example of an epitasis is a battle scene in a drama.
Origin of epitasisModern Latin ; from Classical Greek a stretching, intensity ; from epiteinein, to stretch, intensify ; from epi-, epi- + teinein, to stretch: see thin
Origin of epitasisGreek, stretching, intensity, from epiteinein, epita-, to stretch, intensify : epi-, epi- + teinein, to stretch; see ten- in Indo-European roots.
- (ancient drama) The second part of a play, in which the action begins.
- (rhetoric) The addition of a concluding sentence that merely emphasizes what has already been stated.
From Ancient Greek ἐπίτασις (epitasis, “stretching”), from ἐπιτείνω (epiteinō, “to stretch”), from ἐπί (epi) + τείνω (teinō, “stretch”).