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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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 The dramatization follows the hunt for and capture of Adolf Eichmann by Israeli undercover operatives in Argentina in May of 1960. Soren Andersen, The Seattle Times, "‘Operation Finale’: Evil speaks in well-made Nazi drama," 28 Aug. 2018 The sincere but uneven West Coast premiere at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley segues from comedy to drama and is not entirely successful as either, though its dramatization of the corrosive events carries weight. Marcus Crowder, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘Finks’: Son’s TheatreWorks play about his parents, blacklist feels uneven," 12 June 2018 Part play and part escape-room-style game, audience members will be transported back to 1852 and recruited to aid a fugitive slave in a Milwaukee-area theater group's dramatization of the Underground Railroad later this month near Menomonee Falls. Henry J. Morgan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Colgate 'Underground Railroad' production is part play, part escape room, part golf course," 6 July 2018 Trigger warning: There will be cheesy dramatizations. Michael Andor Brodeur, BostonGlobe.com, "Two shows on PBS go back to where it all began," 23 Apr. 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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