psychodrama

noun

psy·​cho·​dra·​ma ˌsī-kō-ˈdrä-mə How to pronounce psychodrama (audio)
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1
: an extemporized dramatization designed to afford catharsis and social relearning for one or more of the participants from whose life history the plot is abstracted
2
: a dramatic narrative or work characterized by psychological overtones
3
: an often ongoing psychological struggle
also : an expression of psychological turmoil
psychodramatic adjective

Examples of psychodrama in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Starz has picked up the U.S. and Canada rights to Mary & George, an historical psychodrama starring Julianne Moore and Nicholas Galitzine and created and penned by Killing Eve writer D.C. Moore. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 Nov. 2023 More than three years after its initial release, the masochistic psychodrama that is Hades still has the gaming community in a kinky stranglehold — so much so that Netflix is getting in on the action. Vulture, 11 Nov. 2023 And every moment of relatable human psychodrama is met with two more over-the-top superhero comic book melodrama. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, 17 Oct. 2023 The contrast between the pleasures that music can provide and the damage obvious in Frank’s demeanor immediately frames what follows as a solo psychodrama. Jesse Green, New York Times, 10 Oct. 2023 Worse, that unchallenging, jokey tone undercuts the intriguing psychodrama at the play’s core. Helen Shaw, The New Yorker, 11 Aug. 2023 Mary & George is a dangerously daring historical psychodrama about an outrageous mother and son who schemed, seduced, and killed to conquer the court of England and the bed of King James. Town & Country, 9 July 2023 While her psychodrama with Beach simmered in the West Village, Calloway fudged her transcript and applied to Cambridge again. Becca Rothfeld, Washington Post, 22 June 2023 The result is a fascinating psychodrama — with extra scoops of meta on top — that showcases the talents of all the story’s women, especially Cotillard and Achache. Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter, 30 May 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1932, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of psychodrama was in 1932

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“Psychodrama.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/psychodrama. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition

psychodrama

noun
: an extemporized dramatization designed to afford catharsis and social relearning for one or more of the participants from whose life history the plot is abstracted
psychodramatic adjective

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