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[drah-muh, dram-uh] /ˈdrɑ mə, ˈdræm ə/
a composition in prose or verse presenting in dialogue or pantomime a story involving conflict or contrast of character, especially one intended to be acted on the stage; a play.
the branch of literature having such compositions as its subject; dramatic art or representation.
the art dealing with the writing and production of plays.
any situation or series of events having vivid, emotional, conflicting, or striking interest or results:
the drama of a murder trial.
the quality of being dramatic.
Origin of drama
1505-15; < Late Latin < Greek drâma action (of a play), equivalent to drâ(n) to do + -ma noun suffix
Related forms
minidrama, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for drama
  • Indeed, the drama of her life has sometimes threatened to eclipse the reputation of her work.
  • Whether it is worth making a dissertation the central drama, or trauma of one's life, is a matter each candidate must evaluate.
  • Including going into drama club and acting in school plays.
  • He creates tension with the frame, knowing that the same crackle that fuels drama can also energize comedy.
  • He's the only actor nominated in both the comedy and drama categories, so his odds are better.
  • There is a familiar quality to the multi-generational family holiday homecoming that nicely blends drama and comedy.
  • The film can't decide if it's action or comedy, pulp drama or bromance.
  • It should raise questions when an enormous, complicated realm of life takes on the characteristics of a stock drama.
  • The real drama is in the mind that casts the spells.
  • But that's not to say her life hasn't had its share of chaos and drama.
British Dictionary definitions for drama


a work to be performed by actors on stage, radio, or television; play
the genre of literature represented by works intended for the stage
the art of the writing and production of plays
a situation or sequence of events that is highly emotional, tragic, or turbulent
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin: a play, from Greek: something performed, from drān to do
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Word Origin and History for drama

1510s, from Late Latin drama "play, drama," from Greek drama (genitive dramatos) "play, action, deed," from dran "to do, act, perform" (especially some great deed, whether good or bad), from PIE *dere- "to work." Drama queen attested by 1992.

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