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English noun: peripety

1. peripety (event) a sudden and unexpected change of fortune or reverse of circumstances (especially in a literary work)

SamplesA peripeteia swiftly turns a routine sequence of events into a story worth telling.

Synonymsperipeteia, peripetia

Broader (hypernym)surprise

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