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[dram-uh-tur-jee, drah-muh-] /ˈdræm əˌtɜr dʒi, ˈdrɑ mə-/
the craft or the techniques of dramatic composition.
1795-1805; < Greek drāmatourgía dramatic composition, equivalent to drāmaturg(ós) playwright + -ia -y3. See dramatic, -urgy
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dramaturgic, dramaturgical, adjective
dramaturgically, adverb Unabridged
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  • Unit sets seldom satisfy all the dramaturgical needs of a production with equal success.
British Dictionary definitions for dramaturgical


the art and technique of the theatre; dramatics
Derived Forms
dramaturgic, dramaturgical, adjective
dramaturgically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for dramaturgical



"composition and production of plays," 1801, from French dramaturgie, from Greek dramatourgia, from drama (genitive dramatos) + ergos "worker" (see urge (v.)).

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Encyclopedia Article for dramaturgical


the art or technique of dramatic composition or theatrical representation. In this sense English dramaturgy and French dramaturgie are both borrowed from German Dramaturgie, a word used by the German dramatist and critic Gotthold Lessing in an influential series of essays entitled Hamburgische Dramaturgie ("The Hamburg Dramaturgy"), published from 1767 to 1769. The word is from the Greek dramatourgia, "a dramatic composition" or "action of a play."

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