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Catastrophe, 1) that which produces the final event of a dramatic piece: “the c. is a nuptial,” LLL IV, 1, 77. “and pat he comes like the c. of the old comedy,” Lr. I, 2, 146.
2) conclusion, end: “this his good melancholy oft began, on the c. and heel of pastime, when it was out,” All's I, 2, 57.
Falstaff uses it for the backside: “I'll tickle your c.” H4B II, 1, 66.
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