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

Definition of psychodrama

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

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psychodramatic \ ˌsī-​kō-​drə-​ˈma-​tik How to pronounce psychodrama (audio) \ adjective

Examples of psychodrama in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The camera lurches around these sandy minimalist environs, whipping up flurries of psychodrama but never quite finding the ideal placement. Los Angeles Times, 22 July 2021 Alternately dark and light in its humor, the show is sometimes a bleak psychodrama, sometimes a lively satire of the entertainment industry, sometimes an intergenerational character study, sometimes a classic workplace comedy. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, 19 July 2021 Croatia was galvanized and Spain exposed at the back as the fragile team of the group phase, but despite the Simon psychodrama the Spanish did respond well, flooding forward. Samindra Kunti, Forbes, 28 June 2021 In huge news for the girls and gays, Todd Haynes is set to direct Natalie Portman and Julianne Moore in a new psychodrama titled May December. Charu Sinha, Vulture, 13 June 2021 The world's most colorful political psychodrama is unfolding in Turkey, convulsing the country and its power heirarchy. Melik Kaylan, Forbes, 8 June 2021 In addition to Tig Notaro, Fred Melamed, Nora Dunn and Rosalind Chao, there’s Sufe Bradshaw, as the medical tech who gets a monthly window into the Anna-Matt psychodrama and responds with mutely eloquent dismay. John Anderson, WSJ, 15 Apr. 2021 Musician Billie Eilish, who often calls it one of her favorite movies, has helped create a new life for a psychodrama that originally bombed. Chris Hewitt, Star Tribune, 10 Mar. 2021 The movie is something of a head-spinning psychodrama, with Plaza as an actress turned filmmaker at work on a new script, staying at the secluded cabin owned by a couple played by Christopher Abbott and Sarah Gadon. Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times, 16 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of psychodrama

1932, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Psychodrama.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2021.

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psy·​cho·​dra·​ma | \ ˌsī-kō-ˈdräm-ə, -ˈdram-; ˈsī-kō-ˌdräm-ə, -ˌdram- How to pronounce psychodrama (audio) \

Medical Definition of psychodrama

: 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

Other Words from psychodrama

psychodramatic \ -​kō-​drə-​ˈmat-​ik How to pronounce psychodrama (audio) \ adjective

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