dra·ma·ti·za·tion | \ˌdra-mə-tə-ˈzā-shən, 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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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 The videos play out like stand-up routines, interspersed with mini-dramatizations illustrating his points. Lexi Pandell, WIRED, "Meet Germán Garmendia, the Aggressively Normal YouTube Superstar Who Wants It All," 8 June 2018 On Sunday night, Lifetime aired its delightfully cheesy dramatization of the romance between England’s Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle — which, apparently, involved lions. Michele Corriston, PEOPLE.com, "Prince Harry & Meghan Markle: The Funniest Reactions to Lifetime's Movie About the Royal Couple," 13 May 2018 In the States, there are plenty of planned viewing parties and even a Lifetime dramatization of the couple's relationship airing this Sunday. Lisa Respers France, CNN, "Rihanna's wedding night advice for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry," 11 May 2018 Skeptics and critics, which Schilling has plenty of, accused him of over-dramatization of his injury by using ketchup. Ed Barkowitz, Philly.com, "Plenty of Philly connections on teams that overcame 0-3 deficits," 9 May 2018 With its dramatization of the couple's love story, the network cashed in on the excitement surrounding the upcoming royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Lisa Respers France, CNN, "Fans tune into 'Harry & Meghan' Lifetime movie," 14 May 2018

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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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variants: or British dramatisation \ˌdram-ət-ə-ˈzā-shən, ˌdräm- \

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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