Definition of peripety in US English:

peripety

noun

  • 1Peripeteia.

  • 2Psychoanalysis. In Jungian theory: the third stage of a dream, in which the dream plot culminates in a decisive turning point or moment of crisis.

Origin

Early 18th century; earliest use found in Aristotle's Art of Poetry. From post-classical Latin peripetia and its etymon ancient Greek περιπέτεια peripeteia; compare -y.

Pronunciation

peripety

/pɪˈrɪpəti/