Definitions of drama

  1. an episode that is turbulent or highly emotional Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. the quality of being arresting or highly emotional Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. the literary genre of works intended for the theater Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. a dramatic work intended for performance by actors on a stage; "he wrote several plays but only one was produced on Broadway" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. A composition, in prose or poetry, accommodated to action, and intended to exhibit a picture of human life, or to depict a series of grave or humorous actions of more than ordinary interest, tending toward some striking result. It is commonly designed to be spoken and represented by actors on the stage. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. A series of real events invested with a dramatic unity and interest. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. Dramatic composition and the literature pertaining to or illustrating it; dramatic literature. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. A composition in prose or verse presenting in dialogue or pantomime a story involving various characters, usually intended to be acted on a stage and to be regarded as a form of entertainment. (From Random House Unabridged Dictionary, 2d ed) Medical Dictionary DB
  9. A prose or poetical composition telling a story of human life by means of the speech and action of the characters; usually intended to be acted on a stage; that branch of literary art concerned with the making of stage plays. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  10. A representation of actions in human life: a series of deeply interesting events: a composition intended to be represented on the stage: dramatic literature. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  11. A series of interesting events; theatrical composition; dramatic literature. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  12. A composition for the stage; a play; the theater;. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  13. A poem or composition representing persons speaking and acting in given situations, each agreeably to a given character; dramatic art; dramatic representation; dramatic literature; a series of events developing in the manner and with the interest of a drama. Dramatis personoe, the characters in a play. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  14. A composition written to exhibit a picture of human life, and fitted for representation on the stage; a play. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  15. dram'a, n. a story of human life and action represented by actors imitating the language, dress, &c. of the original characters: a composition intended to be represented on the stage: dramatic literature: theatrical entertainment: a series of deeply interesting events.--adjs. DRAMATIC, -AL, belonging to the drama: appropriate to or in the form of a drama: with the force and vividness of the drama.--adv. DRAMAT'ICALLY.--n. DRAMAT'ICISM.--adj. DRAM'AT[=I]SABLE.--n. DRAMATIS[=A]'TION, the act of dramatising: the dramatised version of a novel or story.--v.i. DRAM'AT[=I]SE, to compose in, or turn into, the form of a drama or play.--n. DRAM'ATIST, a writer of plays.--DRAM'ATIS PERS[=O]'NÆ (-[=e]), the characters of a drama or play. [L.,--Gr. drama, dramatos--draein, to do.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  16. Stage-play; the d., the dramatic art, composition& presentation of plays; set of events having the unity& progress of a play& leading to catastrophe or consummation. [Late Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  17. n. [Latin] A composition designed to be acted on the stage, representing various phase of human life, grave or humorous—figuratively, a real series of events invested with dramatic unity and interest. Cabinet Dictionary
  18. A poem accommodated to action, a poem in which the action is not related, but represented; a play, a comedy, a tragedy. Complete Dictionary

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