psychodrama

noun

psy·​cho·​dra·​ma ˌsī-kō-ˈdrä-mə How to pronounce psychodrama (audio)
-ˈdra-
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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Is the entire country to be at the mercy of the psychodrama of an imploding ruling party? Natasha Khullar Relph, The Christian Science Monitor, 21 Oct. 2022 Hall balances the Gibson family psychodrama with portraits of Yara’s childhood friends. Paula L. Woods, Los Angeles Times, 19 July 2022 For You, a reality-show goof that quickly evolved into a reality-warping psychodrama. Kristen Baldwin, EW.com, 15 July 2022 There’s not much psychodrama to her flames of hell. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 12 May 2022 Campion’s adaptation of Thomas Savage’s novel is a western but really a psychodrama, a love story concealed as a hate story, a critics’ darling and an audience picture, an actors’ showcase and a technical showpiece. Los Angeles Times, 8 Feb. 2022 Dunst’s awards fate could soon change thanks to The Power of the Dog, Jane Campion’s spellbinding psychodrama about a cruel rancher (Benedict Cumberbatch) who terrorizes his tender brother’s new wife (Dunst) in 1920s Montana. Matthew Jacobs, Vulture, 2 Dec. 2021 The movie is a crucial exploration of the aesthetics of digital video, as well as a terrifying psychodrama with a revelatory performance by Laura Dern. Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times, 8 Apr. 2022 Jane Campion’s neo-Western psychodrama, which is nominated for best picture, follows a Montana rancher, a closeted gay man battling his own toxic masculinity played by Benedict Cumberbatch. NBC News, 2 Mar. 2022 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 10 Dec. 2022.

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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