Definition of Drama

1. Noun. A dramatic work intended for performance by actors on a stage. "He wrote several plays but only one was produced on Broadway"

2. Noun. An episode that is turbulent or highly emotional.
Exact synonyms: Dramatic Event
Generic synonyms: Episode
Specialized synonyms: Night Terror
Derivative terms: Dramatic, Dramatic, Dramatise, Dramatize, Dramatize

3. Noun. The literary genre of works intended for the theater.

4. Noun. The quality of being arresting or highly emotional.
Generic synonyms: Emotionalism, Emotionality
Attributes: Dramatic, Undramatic
Derivative terms: Dramatise, Dramatize

Definition of Drama

1. n. 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.

Definition of Drama

1. Proper noun. A town in Greece. ¹

2. Noun. A composition, normally in prose, telling a story and intended to be represented by actors impersonating the characters and speaking the dialogue ¹

3. Noun. Such a work for television, radio or the cinema (usually one that is not a comedy) ¹

4. Noun. Theatrical plays in general ¹

5. Noun. A dramatic situation in real life ¹

6. Noun. (slang) Rumor, lying or exaggerated reaction to life events; melodrama; an angry dispute or scene; intrigue or spiteful interpersonal maneuvering. ¹

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Definition of Drama

1. a composition written for theatrical performance [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Drama

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Literary usage of Drama

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1. The Cambridge History of English Literature by Adolphus William Ward, Alfred Rayney Waller (1910)
"CHAPTER I The Origins of English drama INTRODUCTORY THE present volume and its successor will be devoted to the discussion of English drama—a growth which, ..."

2. The Attic Theatre: A Description of the Stage and Theatre of the Athenians by Arthur Elam Haigh (1889)
"General Characteristics of the Attic drama. THE ancient Athenian drama was in many respects unlike any kind of dramatic performance that we are accustomed ..."

3. Plautus and Terence by William Lucas Collins (1873)
"drama. It is impossible to deal with the works of these writers, ... For the Roman drama was, more than any other branch of Roman literature, an inheritance ..."

4. A History of English Dramatic Literature to the Death of Queen Anne by Adolphus William Ward (1899)
"ENGLISH dramaTIC LITERATURE CHAPTER I. THE ORIGIN OF THE ENGLISH drama. THE purpose of these volumes is to sketch the history of Scope and English dramatic ..."

5. Contrast in Shakespeare's Historical Plays by Francis Meehan (1915)
"THEORIES OF THE drama The office of the dramatist is to construct plays; the office of the critic of the drama is to follow in the wake of the dramatist, ..."

6. Problems of the Playwright by Clayton Meeker Hamilton (1917)
"PROBLEMS OF THE PLAYWRIGHT CONTRAST IN THE drama IN this time of the tottering of definitions, it is desirable that the dramatic critic, in the interest of ..."

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