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Noun- The point in the plot especially of a tragedy at which the protagonist recognizes his or her or some other character's true identity or discovers the true nature of his or her own situation.

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  • Simon Gould's abrupt death provides the moment of anagnorisis from which all disclosures will unfold.
  • Aristotle refers to the "voice of the shuttle" while he's listing different ways a dramatist can bring about the anagnorisis, or moment of recognition.
  • Structurally, TWBB is the first half of a Greek tragedy, perhaps, although the anagnorisis and catastrophe and what a catastrophe both storm in by the last twenty minutes.
  • His anagnorisis--when the protagonist realizes the true identities of those surrounding him along with his own--took place in the solitary cell of Evin prison where he... for more
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  • This word was used in the 2006 Scripps National Spelling Bee finals.
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