Meaning of peripeteia

per•i•pe•tei•a

Pronunciation: (per"u-pi-tī'u, -tē'u), [key]
— n.
  1. a sudden turn of events or an unexpected reversal, esp. in a literary work.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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