Entertainment / Literature / Catastrophe: The 'turning downward' of the plot in a classical tragedy. By tradition, the catastrophe occurs in the fourth act of the play after the climax. (See tragedy.) Freytag's pyramid illustrates visually the normal charting of the catastrophe in a plotline.

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Catastrophe Noun Synonyms: disaster, calamity, cataclysm


Entertainment / Literature / Eucatastrophe: (Grk. Eu+catastrophe, 'happy or fortunate ending') As Christopher Garbowski describes in the J.R.R. Tolkien Encyclopedia, Tolkien coined this term in his Andrew Lang Lecture entitled 'On Fairy-stories MORE

Catastrophe Call

Business / Finance / Catastrophe Call: Insurance protecting a firm or homeowner against loss of property, damage, and other liabilities. MORE


Entertainment / Literature / Tragedy: A serious play in which the chief character, by some peculiarity of psychology, passes through a series of misfortunes leading to a final, devastating catastrophe. According to Aristotle, catharsis is MORE

Mock Epic

Entertainment / Literature / Mock Epic: In contrast with an epic, a mock epic is a long, heroicomical poem that merely imitates features of the classical epic. The poet often takes an elevated style of language, but incongruously applies th MORE


Entertainment / Literature / Denouement: A French word meaning 'unknotting' or 'unwinding,' denouement refers to the outcome or result of a complex situation or sequence of events, an aftermath or resolution that usually occurs near the fina MORE

Miles Gloriosus

Entertainment / Literature / Miles Gloriosus: The braggart soldier, a stock character in classical Roman drama. The braggart soldier is cowardly but boasts of his past deeds, and he becomes involved in sexual catastrophes, bullying, and thievery. MORE