Pronunciation: (ku-tas'tu-sis), [key]
—pl. -sesPronunciation: (-sēz"). [key]
the part of a drama, preceding the catastrophe, in which the action is at its height; the climax of a play. Cf. catastrophe (def. 4), epitasis, protasis.
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