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mystery play

noun
1.
a medieval dramatic form based on a Biblical story, usually dealing with the life, death, and resurrection of Christ.
Origin of mystery play
1850-1855
1850-55
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  • Besides, their affairs had now become as exciting to us as a mystery play.

    The Brightener C. N. Williamson
  • Jordantown had become the stage upon which a mystery play was being enacted with all the farcical features of a comedy.

    The Co-Citizens Corra Harris
  • Was she not the wife of the best captain they had ever had, and had she not knelt like one of the holy saints in a mystery play?

    Stray Pearls Charlotte M. Yonge
  • They tweaked his tail on carven misericords, and in the mystery play he was invariably cast for the clown.

    Nonsenseorship G. G. Putnam and Others
  • It was, in fact, a mystery play designed by the High Priests of the Communist faith to instruct the people.

  • In the Middle Ages one went to church to see the mystery play; now one goes to the music-hall to hear a sermon.

    An Ocean Tramp William McFee
  • She saw it all in a mystery play long long ago—when a Hand came out, and put in the stars and sun and moon.'

    The Herd Boy and His Hermit Charlotte M. Yonge
  • Davie responded that it was like a pasteboard town in a mystery play, and that he longed to strike at it with his good broadsword.

    Two Penniless Princesses Charlotte M. Yonge
  • Until the mystery play fell into disuse, the trading companies and guilds seem principally to have maintained them.

    A History of Pantomime R. J. Broadbent
  • The Spaniards also developed a new form of the mystery play,—the autos sacramentales.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
British Dictionary definitions for mystery play

mystery play

noun
1.
(in the Middle Ages) a type of drama based on the life of Christ Compare miracle play
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