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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Unbelievable hews fairly closely to the ProPublica/Marshall Project story, with some dramatizations based on details shared in the article. Mahita Gajanan, Time, "The True Story Behind the Netflix Series Unbelievable," 12 Sep. 2019 His new film is a dramatization of the Alfred Dreyfus scandal in 19th century France. Alexia Fernandez, PEOPLE.com, "Roman Polanski Says He Felt Persecuted for Sharon Tate's Murder by the Manson Family," 29 Aug. 2019 Tarantino does not only create such moments—his movie is a loving dramatization of the power of certain kinds of actors, in conjunction with writers-directors and, above all, an entire system of production, to deliver them. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "Review: Quentin Tarantino’s Obscenely Regressive Vision of the Sixties in “Once Upon a Time . . . in Hollywood”," 27 July 2019 The Two Popes, a dramatization of the power handoff between Popes Benedict XVI (Anthony Hopkins) and Francis (Jonathan Pryce). David Sims, The Atlantic, "TIFF 2019: Nine Movies to Pay Attention to This Awards Season," 10 Sep. 2019 For more uncanny dramatizations of real-life killers, catch Mindhunter season 2, which is currently streaming on Netflix. Lauren Huff, EW.com, "See how Mindhunter actor compares to the real Charles Manson in creepy side-by-side video," 29 Aug. 2019 The Kitchen is neither a good movie nor a reliable dramatization of female power. Armond White, National Review, "The Kitchen Is a Berserk, Female-Revenge Fantasy — and a Bad Movie," 9 Aug. 2019 Here is Blacquière’s dramatization of the change in size of that top block of adwords. Tim O'reilly, Quartz, "Antitrust regulators are using the wrong tools to break up Big Tech," 17 July 2019 Albinati offers no extended dramatization of the events themselves, or the consequent police investigation, or the judicial proceedings. Tim Parks, Harper's magazine, "Murder Italian Style," 19 Aug. 2019

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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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