dra·​ma·​tist | \ ˈdra-mə-tist How to pronounce dramatist (audio) , ˈdrä- \

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the American dramatist Arthur Miller
Recent Examples on the Web The penetrating social dramatist Martyna Majok won a 2018 Pulitzer for her play Cost of Living, so right before the shutdown, breaths were bated for this drama about the nightmare of being an American Dreamer. ?! Helen Shaw, Vulture, 3 Sep. 2021 But any dramatist is ultimately at the mercy of performance. BostonGlobe.com, 1 July 2021 But longtime stage director Liesl Tommy’s debut feature, working from a screenplay by dramatist and screenwriter Tracey Scott Wilson, offers plenty of compensations amid its biopic conventions. Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, 12 Aug. 2021 In each scene, Titian proves himself an ingenious dramatist, telescoping past, present and future events within a single incident. New York Times, 12 Aug. 2021 When the actress Emily Mortimer was growing up, in London, her father, the dramatist Sir John Mortimer, would tell her tales of the Mitford sisters. Michael Schulma, The New Yorker, 31 July 2021 Harold Pinter, dead British Nobel Laureate, was a dramatist with strident political views. Los Angeles Times, 12 July 2021 The ability to talk the talk while reinforcing an oppressive status quo is a tricky pattern for a dramatist to capture, and Townsend opts for broad schematic laughs over subtler comic shadings. Los Angeles Times, 25 June 2021 An avid reader, he was heavily influenced by the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, the poet Arthur Rimbaud and the surrealist dramatist Antonin Artaud. Star Tribune, 3 July 2021

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1678, in the meaning defined above

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“Dramatist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dramatist. Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of dramatist

: someone who writes plays : playwright
: someone who writes dramas (sense 1b)


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