Definition of tetralogy
1 : a group of four dramatic pieces presented consecutively on the Attic stage at the Dionysiac festival
2 : a series of four connected works (as operas or novels)
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The original tetralogies were sets of four plays (three tragedies and a comedy) performed serially on the Athenian stages of ancient Greece. These sets of plays were similar to the "trilogy," a group of three serial Greek tragedies. The word tetralogy is from the Greek combining form tetra-, meaning "four," joined with the combining form "-logia," which in turn comes from logos, meaning "word." Other "tetra-" words include "tetrahedron" (a solid shape formed by four flat faces) and "tetrapod" (a vertebrate with two pairs of limbs).
Origin and Etymology of tetralogy
Greek tetralogia, from tetra- + -logia -logy
First Known Use: 1656
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