dra·​ma·​ti·​za·​tion ˌdra-mə-tə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce dramatization (audio)
: the action of dramatizing
: a dramatized version (as of a novel)

Example Sentences

a dramatization of a true story
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Word History

First Known Use

1796, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
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 31 Mar. 2023.

Medical Definition


variants or British dramatisation
: 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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