Catastasis



the part of a drama, preceding the catastrophe, in which the action is at its height; the climax of a play.
Compare catastrophe (def 4), epitasis, protasis.
Historical Examples

Consider therefore this pitiable Twentieth of June as a futility; no catastrophe, rather a catastasis, or heightening.
The French Revolution Thomas Carlyle

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