mystery play


Definition of mystery play

: a medieval drama based on scriptural incidents (such as the creation of the world, the Flood, or the life, death, and resurrection of Christ) — compare miracle play

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In Germany, mystery plays were performed on Christmas Eve, traditionally celebrated in the church calendar as the feast day of Adam and Eve. Amanda Foreman, WSJ, "Trees of Life and Wonder," 13 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of mystery play

1852, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mystery play

for earlier mystery entry 1 in sense "mystery play"

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English Language Learners Definition of mystery play

: a religious play in the Middle Ages based on a story from the Bible (such as the creation of the world or the birth of Jesus Christ)

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