play, drama, dramatic play(noun)
a dramatic work intended for performance by actors on a stage
"he wrote several plays but only one was produced on Broadway"
drama, dramatic event(noun)
an episode that is turbulent or highly emotional
the literary genre of works intended for the theater
the quality of being arresting or highly emotional
A composition, normally in prose, telling a story and intended to be represented by actors impersonating the characters and speaking the dialogue
Such a work for television, radio or the cinema (usually one that is not a comedy)
Theatrical plays in general
A dramatic situation in real life
Rumor, lying or exaggerated reaction to life events; melodrama; an angry dispute or scene; intrigue or spiteful interpersonal maneuvering.
A town in Greece.
Origin: From δρᾶμα, from δράω
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
a series of real events invested with a dramatic unity and interest
dramatic composition and the literature pertaining to or illustrating it; dramatic literature
Origin: [L. drama, Gr. dra^ma, fr. dra^n to do, act; cf. Lith. daryti.]
Drama is the specific mode of fiction represented in performance. The term comes from a Greek word meaning "action", which is derived from the verb meaning "to do" or "to act". The enactment of drama in theatre, performed by actors on a stage before an audience, presupposes collaborative modes of production and a collective form of reception. The structure of dramatic texts, unlike other forms of literature, is directly influenced by this collaborative production and collective reception. The early modern tragedy Hamlet by Shakespeare and the classical Athenian tragedy Oedipus the King by Sophocles are among the masterpieces of the art of drama. A modern example is Long Day's Journey into Night by Eugene O’Neill. The two masks associated with drama represent the traditional generic division between comedy and tragedy. They are symbols of the ancient Greek Muses, Thalia and Melpomene. Thalia was the Muse of comedy, while Melpomene was the Muse of tragedy. Considered as a genre of poetry in general, the dramatic mode has been contrasted with the epic and the lyrical modes ever since Aristotle's Poetics —the earliest work of dramatic theory.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
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′atīsable.—n. Dramatisā′tion, the act of dramatising: the dramatised version of a novel or story.—v.i. Dram′atīse, to compose in, or turn into, the form of a drama or play.—n. Dram′atist, a writer of plays.—Dram′atis persō′næ (-ē), the characters of a drama or play. [L.,—Gr. drama, dramatos—draein, to do.]
U.S. National Library of Medicine
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)
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'drama' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2827
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'drama' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4544
Rank popularity for the word 'drama' in Nouns Frequency: #1174
The numerical value of drama in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of drama in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Drama is life with the dull bits cut out.
I made some mistakes in drama. I thought the drama was when the actors cried. But drama is when the audience cries.
It's hard enough to write a good drama, it's much harder to write a good comedy, and it's hardest of all to write a drama with comedy. Which is what life is.
Because what is happening in Britain is not unique to Britain. Across the European Union, issues of migration are causing real concern. dISCUSS WITHOUT DRAMA.
When I read great literature, great drama, speeches, or sermons, I feel that the human mind has not achieved anything greater than the ability to share feelings and thoughts through language.
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Translations for drama
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- دراما, مسرحية, مسلسلاتArabic
- Drama, SchauspielGerman
- obra teatral, dramaSpanish
- 演戯, ドラマ, 劇, 芝居Japanese
- drama, toneelstuk, theateropvoeringDutch
- драма, сериал, телесериалRussian
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