Epitasis

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Epitasis That part which embraces the main action of a play, poem, and the like, and leads on to the catastrophe; -- opposed to protasis.
    • Epitasis (Med) The period of violence in a fever or disease; paroxysm.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n epitasis That part of an ancient drama which embraces the main action of the play and leads on to the catastrophe; also, that part of an oration which appeals to the passions: opposed to protasis.
    • n epitasis In logic, the consequent term of a proposition.
    • n epitasis In medicine, the beginning and increase of a fever.
    • n epitasis In music, the raising of the voice or the strings of an instrument from a lower to a higher pitch: opposed to anesis.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Epitasis e-pit′a-sis the main action of a Greek drama, leading to the catastrophe—opp. to Protasis.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., fr. Gr. a stretching, fr. to stretch upon or over; 'epi` upon + to stretch

Usage

In literature:

It doubles itself in the middle of his life, reflects itself in another, repeats itself, protasis, epitasis, catastasis, catastrophe.
"Ulysses" by James Joyce
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