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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Examples of dramatization in a Sentence

a dramatization of a true story
Recent Examples on the Web Davis is a compulsively watchable marvel at the center of the dramatization. Washington Post, 12 Oct. 2021 Each chunk of Anderson’s movie is a dramatization, so to speak, of an article that is submitted to The French Dispatch. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 22 Oct. 2021 Mass’s unusual approach—to consider how people communicate with one another—results in the rare dramatization of a school shooting’s lasting effects that feels truthful without being exploitative. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, 11 Oct. 2021 Programs in the 1980s included a biography of Herbert Hoover, a dramatization of an Ann Beattie short story, a performance by the stand-up comic Buzz Belmondo and a salute to the 200th anniversary of Australia’s birth. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, 27 Aug. 2021 And the great thing about getting to explore it further in a second season is the inner voice is the dramatization of the eating disorder. Sandra Gonzalez, CNN, 6 Aug. 2021 The show is a dramatization of the Communist Party’s establishment in China back in 1921. Andy Meek, BGR, 29 June 2021 Fresh off his role trying to make a stubborn MetroCard work in How to With John Wilson, Kyle MacLachlan is the latest star to join Peacock’s Joe Exotic series, a dramatization of the story behind Netflix’s popular 2020 docuseries Tiger King. Justin Curto, Vulture, 6 July 2021 Lifetime is at it again with the rapid-onset dramatization. Bethy Squires, Vulture, 23 June 2021

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First Known Use of dramatization

1796, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of dramatization was in 1796

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“Dramatization.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dramatization. Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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