diegetic

adjective
di·​e·​get·​ic | \ ˌdī-ə-ˈje-tik How to pronounce diegetic (audio) \

Definition of diegetic

: of or relating to diegesis One of the primary qualities of those texts we understand as fiction is that they generate a diegetic order that has an astonishing independence from its text.— Robert Scholes especially : existing or occurring within the world of a narrative rather than as something external to that world What the film does do, though, to really wonderful effect, is synchronize diegetic sounds—gunshots, explosions, tires screeching, windshield wipers wiping, engines revving, etc.—with its non-diegetic pop soundtrack. — David Hollingshead Music is integral to the world of Alfonso Cuarón's Roma, but it is also incidental, experienced only as part of the action. The remarkable 2018 film contains only diegetic uses of music; no song is ever superimposed over the deliberately paced action that takes place in Mexico City's Colonia Roma neighborhood at the dawn of the 1970s. — Philip Sherburne The writer … pointed out the director's use of diegetic music. We, as viewers, only hear music when a character in the world of the story hears music. This happens when they put in earphones, turn on a car stereo or play a record. — Emily Ellot

First Known Use of diegetic

1970, in the meaning defined above

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