di·​e·​ge·​sis ˌdī-ə-ˈjē-səs How to pronounce diegesis (audio)
: the relaying of information in a fictional work (such as a film or novel) through a narrative
Verité, of course, brings closure to diegesis by placing the audience directly into the consciousness of the protagonist. We are allowed for the first time an all-access pass to all the senses as well as all the perceptions, prejudices, and narrative ticker tape that make up a worldview.Glen David Gold
In literary terms, acceptance of diegesis is the process that takes place when a reader willingly suspends natural incredulity in order to enter fully into the enjoyment of a narrative. In other words, if the story is good enough, no matter how fantastic, it will draw the reader in and credulity will prevail.Barnaby Perkins
also : the fictional world in which the events of a narrative occur
Sure, the ways that ABBA's songs are jammed into the diegesis only become more ridiculous as the film goes on, but that's all part of the fun. Evan Amaral

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web But most viewers are unlikely to have access to that diegesis. Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter, 25 May 2022 On the flip side, the RealWear HMT-1 is more of an informational diegesis that will aid the worker by supplying additional context, voiceovers, manuals or even diagrams all within a small picture-in-picture viewpoint. Lorne Fade, Forbes, 3 Sep. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1973, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of diegesis was in 1973

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“Diegesis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diegesis. Accessed 10 Jun. 2023.

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