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[dram-uh-tur-jee, drah-muh-] /ˈdræm əˌtɜr dʒi, ˈdrɑ mə-/
the craft or the techniques of dramatic composition.
Origin of dramaturgy
1795-1805; < Greek drāmatourgía dramatic composition, equivalent to drāmaturg(ós) playwright + -ia -y3. See dramatic, -urgy
Related forms
dramaturgic, dramaturgical, adjective
dramaturgically, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for dramaturgy
  • Other areas of expertise may include: directing, dramaturgy, playwriting.
  • The theatre was in his bones, dramaturgy in his throat.
  • In such scenarios, human suffering trumps both dramaturgy and discourse.
  • Ethnographic dramaturgy is discussed at a theoretical and empirical level.
  • To support an annual conference for professionals in literary management and dramaturgy.
  • It is one of the picture's major virtues that it reproduces an era without stooping to its dramaturgy.
  • He explained that dramaturgy had as much to do with his choice of action as any political statement.
British Dictionary definitions for dramaturgy


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

"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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