[per-uh-pi-tahy-uh, -tee-uh] /ˌpɛr ə pɪˈtaɪ ə, -ˈti ə/

a sudden turn of events or an unexpected reversal, especially in a literary work.
/ˌpɛrɪpɪˈtaɪə; -ˈtɪə/
(esp in drama) an abrupt turn of events or reversal of circumstances

also peripetia, 1590s, from Greek peripeteia “a turn right about; a sudden change” (of fortune, in a tragedy), from peri- “around” (see peri-) + stem of piptein “to fall” (see symptom).


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