dra·​ma·​ti·​za·​tion | \ ˌdra-mə-tə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce dramatization (audio) , ˌdrä-\

Definition of dramatization

1 : the action of dramatizing
2 : a dramatized version (as of a novel)

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Synonyms for dramatization


drama, play

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Examples of dramatization in a Sentence

a dramatization of a true story

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But last week a group of stars gathered at Riverside Church for a dramatization based on the special counsel’s report. Jeffrey Toobin, The New Yorker, "“It’s the End of My Presidency”: Movie Stars Channel Mueller," 1 July 2019 No edits, no dramatizations of the past, and no interviews. Rebecca Farley, refinery29.com, "These Podcasts Will Satisfy Your Craving For Making A Murderer," 15 June 2019 The movie, a dramatization of life in the Chino prison, depicts friendships forged across racial lines and built on trust and interdependence. Dana Walters, The Conversation, "When America had an open prison – the story of Kenyon Scudder and his ‘prison without walls’," 14 June 2019 There are scenes between Mary Louise and the younger women that play like dramatizations of the generational debates that have been taking place in living rooms, op-ed pages, and on Twitter in recent years. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, "“Big Little Lies” Season 2, Reviewed: Meryl, Meryl, Meryl," 9 June 2019 No one enjoys a cynical, sloppy, sentimentalized dramatization of an incendiary social issue. John Anderson, WSJ, "‘The Red Line’ Review: Do Not Cross," 25 Apr. 2019 Photo: Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images Watergate dramatizations are nothing new. Don Steinberg, WSJ, "For Filmmakers, Watergate Is the Gift That Keeps on Giving," 23 Oct. 2018 Of all drug addictions, meth may be the most resistant to treatment—and to successful dramatization, since the junkie personality is, absent sustained clinical progress, a psychic shell. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Beautiful Boy’ Review: A Vicious Cycle," 11 Oct. 2018 The dramatization, for example, didn't mention the threat of force that de Vargas used to reconquer Santa Fe or the years of bloodshed and brutality that followed. Fox News, "New Mexico accord unveiled over event celebrating 'conquest'," 30 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of dramatization

1796, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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variants: or British dramatisation \ ˌdram-​ət-​ə-​ˈzā-​shən, ˌdräm-​ How to pronounce dramatisation (audio) \

Medical Definition of dramatization

: the transformation which in psychoanalytic theory the underlying dream thoughts undergo into dramatic and pictorial form before they can take part in the actual dream

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