un documentary


[dok-yuh-men-tuh-ree, -tree]
Also, documental [dok-yuh-men-tl] . pertaining to, consisting of, or derived from documents: a documentary history of France.
Movies, Television. based on or re-creating an actual event, era, life story, etc., that purports to be factually accurate and contains no fictional elements: a documentary life of Gandhi.
noun, plural documentaries.
Movies, Television. a documentary film, radio or television program, etc.

1795–1805; document + -ary

documentarily, adverb
nondocumental, adjective
nondocumentary, adjective, noun, plural nondocumentaries.
predocumentary, adjective
semidocumentary, adjective, noun, plural semidocumentaries.
undocumentary, adjective
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documentary (ˌdɒkjʊˈmɛntərɪ, -trɪ)
1.  Also: documental consisting of, derived from, or relating to documents
2.  presenting factual material with little or no fictional additions: the book gives a documentary account of the war
n , -ries
3.  a factual film or television programme about an event, person, etc, presenting the facts with little or no fiction

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Word Origin & History

c.1810, "pertaining to documents," from document + -ary. Meaning "factual, meant to provide a record of something" is from 1926, from Fr. film documentarie (1924). The noun (short for documentary film) is attested from 1935. Docudrama is a 1961 coinage.
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