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[dok-yuh-drah-muh, -dram-uh] /ˈdɒk yəˌdrɑ mə, -ˌdræm ə/
noun, Television.
a fictionalized drama based primarily on actual events.
Origin of docudrama
1960-65; docu(mentary) + drama
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[dok-yuh-dram-uh-tist, -drah-muh-] /ˈdɒk yəˌdræm ə tɪst, -ˌdrɑ mə-/ (Show IPA),
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Examples from the web for docudrama
  • In other words, it's a docudrama, which some readers are apt to consider literally true.
  • In a docudrama, it is always the second half of the neologism that makes us queasy.
  • The disaster movie, the docudrama, the inspirational war story--those are not exactly innovations.
  • But all this docudrama grit allows for precious little dramatic juice.
  • The possible ramifications of an act of nuclear terrorism are brought to potent and disturbing life in this docudrama.
  • It is also constructed in the realm of cinematic and television narrative, as both drama and docudrama.
British Dictionary definitions for docudrama


a film or television programme based on true events, presented in a dramatized form
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Slang definitions & phrases for docudrama



A documentary film, TV program, play, etc: Each of the programs is half docu, half drama/ one vidfilm, plus a docu on Theodore Roosevelt (1950s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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