coup de théâtre

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[koo dĕ tay-ahtr]

A sudden, surprising turn of events that gives a new twist to the plot of a play. Typical coups de théâtre involve the unveiling of a disguised character or the reappearance of one assumed by the audience to be dead. See also peripeteia.

Subjects: Theatre — Literature.

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