Anagnorisis



(in ancient Greek tragedy) the critical moment of recognition or discovery, especially preceding peripeteia.
Historical Examples

Il Lasca, who deserves great credit for his perspicacity, carried on an unremitting warfare against the comedy of anagnorisis.
Renaissance in Italy: Italian Literature John Addington Symonds

It was often associated with the anagnorisis or recognition.
Play-Making William Archer

Now then for anagnorisis, comic peripeteia, division into acts, and the rest of the wallet!
Two Sides of the Face Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

noun (pl) -ses (-ˌsiːz)
(in Greek tragedy) the recognition or discovery by the protagonist of the identity of some character or the nature of his own predicament, which leads to the resolution of the plot; denouement
n.

c.1800, from Latin, from Greek anagnorisis “recognition,” from anagnorizein “to recognize.”

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