Drama

Definition of Drama

Dra´ma   Pronunciation: drä´må or drā´må; 277
n.1.A composition, in prose or poetry, accommodated to action, and intended to exhibit a picture of human life, or to depict a series of grave or humorous actions of more than ordinary interest, tending toward some striking result. It is commonly designed to be spoken and represented by actors on the stage.
A divine pastoral drama in the Song of Solomon.
- Milton.
2.A series of real events invested with a dramatic unity and interest.
Westward the course of empire takes its way;
The four first acts already past,
A fifth shall close the drama with the day;
Time's noblest offspring is the last.
- Berkeley.
The drama and contrivances of God's providence.
- Sharp.
3.Dramatic composition and the literature pertaining to or illustrating it; dramatic literature.
The romantic drama
the kind of drama whose aim is to present a tale or history in scenes, and whose plays (like those of Shakespeare, Marlowe, and others) are stories told in dialogue by actors on the stage.
- J. A. Symonds.

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