morality play

morality play

noun
an allegorical form of the drama current from the 14th to 16th centuries and employing such personified abstractions as Virtue, vice, Greed, Gluttony, etc.


Origin:
1925–30

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morality play
 
n
a type of drama written between the 14th and 16th centuries concerned with the conflict between personified virtues and vices

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