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dramaturgy

[dram-uh-tur-jee, drah-muh-] /ˈdræm əˌtɜr dʒi, ˈdrɑ mə-/
noun
1.
the craft or the techniques of dramatic composition.
Origin of dramaturgy
1795-1805
1795-1805; < Greek drāmatourgía dramatic composition, equivalent to drāmaturg(ós) playwright + -ia -y3. See dramatic, -urgy
Related forms
dramaturgic, dramaturgical, adjective
dramaturgically, adverb
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  • Such a feat in dramaturgy is, perhaps, appreciable only to those who have tried to write plays themselves.

    The Whirligig of Time Wayland Wells Williams
  • As soon as their dramaturgy is interpreted symbolically all seems to them lost.

    Amiel's Journal Henri-Frdric Amiel
  • The whole Semitic dramaturgy has come to seem to me a work of the imagination.

    Amiel's Journal Henri-Frdric Amiel
  • Ibsen will live, not as a dramaturgist, but as the greatest professor of dramaturgy the world has ever known.

    Ancestors Gertrude Atherton
  • dramaturgy, dram′a-tur-ji, n. the principles of dramatic composition: theatrical art.

  • The imaginative equipment of Maeterlinck's dramaturgy is rather limited and, on its face value, trite.

    Prophets of Dissent Otto Heller
  • On the whole, Kalidasa was remarkably faithful to the ingenious but somewhat over-elaborate conventions of Indian dramaturgy.

  • There was a declaration of principles to be formulated out of sagacity and dramaturgy.

    Children of the Market Place Edgar Lee Masters
British Dictionary definitions for dramaturgy

dramaturgy

/ˈdræməˌtɜːdʒɪ/
noun
1.
the art and technique of the theatre; dramatics
Derived Forms
dramaturgic, dramaturgical, adjective
dramaturgically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for dramaturgy
n.

"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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