- In ancient drama, the second part of a play, in which the action begins.
Etymology: Modern Latin, from Greek á, from "intensify", from â + "stretch".
- 1760: How my uncle Toby and Corporal Trim managed this matter,"with the history of their camapigns, which were no way barren of events,"may make no uninteresting under-plot in the and working up of this drama. " Laurence Sterne, The Life & Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (Penguin 2003, p. 88)
- 1922: It doubles itself in the middle of his life, reflects itself in another, repeats itself, protasis, , catastasis, catastrophe. " James Joyce, Ulysses
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