Meaning of anagnorisis in English:


Pronunciation /ˌanəɡˈnɒrɪsɪs/

nounplural noun anagnorises

  • The point in a play, novel, etc., in which a principal character recognizes or discovers another character's true identity or the true nature of their own circumstances.

    • ‘we see the tormented figure of Oedipus come to recognize the truth in a classical moment of anagnorisis’


Late 18th century Greek, literally ‘recognition’, from ana- ‘back’ + gnorisis ‘making known’.