morality play

noun

Definition of morality play

1 :an allegorical play popular especially in the 15th and 16th centuries in which the characters personify abstract qualities or concepts (such as virtues, vices, or death)
2 :something (such as a court trial) which involves a direct conflict between right and wrong or good and evil and from which a moral lesson may be drawn

First Known Use of morality play

1866


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