docu·​dra·​ma | \ ˈdä-kyə-ˌdrä-mə How to pronounce docudrama (audio) , -ˌdra-, -kyü- \

Definition of docudrama

: a drama (as for television) dealing freely with historical events especially of a recent and controversial nature

Examples of docudrama in a Sentence

They are making a docudrama about the controversial court case.
Recent Examples on the Web Only watch this docudrama if the thought of Matthew Modine talking on a phone for the better part of two hours sounds like a good time. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 18 Mar. 2021 The rest of the movie settles into something more like a slice-of-life docudrama, with occasional occult elements. Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times, 5 Mar. 2021 These two motifs hardly coalesce to become a hybrid, though; the film is not a docudrama. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 19 Feb. 2021 Zhao’s films sometimes get slapped with the term docudrama, but that implies a fidelity to actual events, which her works aren’t bound by. Alison Willmore, Vulture, 16 Feb. 2021 This docudrama miniseries recalls the 2018 incident in which a toxic nerve agent was deployed in a quiet English town, sending a pair of Russian expatriates and a constable to the ICU. Los Angeles Times, 24 Jan. 2021 Local forces fight to free the Iraqi city from the grip of the terrorist organization Islamic State in this docudrama. Los Angeles Times, 19 Nov. 2020 The docudrama is narrated by Jackson, who serves as a producer on the movie. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, 22 Oct. 2020 Jerry Mitchell’s story reads like a treatment for an inspirational docudrama. Claudia Dreifus, The New York Review of Books, 24 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of docudrama

circa 1961, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for docudrama

documentary + drama

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The first known use of docudrama was circa 1961

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“Docudrama.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of docudrama

: a movie that is usually made for television and that tells a story about real events that have happened recently

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