psy·​cho·​dra·​ma | \ˌsī-kō-ˈdrä-mə, -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 \ adjective

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Get our daily newsletter Mr Seehofer’s psychodrama troubled the rest of the European Union, too; a mini-summit was arranged to help resolve it. The Economist, "How policy debates in Europe become untethered from reality," 12 July 2018 Rowe’s spare but effective approach has echoes — in the deep extended pliés, the slow-motion silent scream, and the engine of psychodrama — of Swedish choreographer Mats Ek. Mary Ellen Hunt,, "Through the darkness, SFDanceworks takes flight," 9 June 2018 Jensen’s script has turned the early years of Mary Shelley’s life into a pure psychodrama determined by events. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Poor Mary Shelley!," 23 May 2018 But as a psychodrama about a troubled mother and daughter, this movie is gripping from start to finish. Noel Murray,, "In 'Pyewacket,' the demons between a mother and daughter might terrify more than the demon in the woods," 22 Mar. 2018 Garland’s achievement with Annihilation is in merging sci-fi horror with a more intimate psychodrama. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Deconstructing Annihilation's Ending," 26 Feb. 2018 In the psychodrama O’Keefe has created for himself, all means and methods are justified because the fate of the nation hangs in the balance. Alexander Nazaryan, Newsweek, "James O'Keefe: Meet the Man Who Makes the Fake News," 17 Jan. 2018 In fact, college football (which has its own problems, no doubt) somehow manages to exist without the catch-no catch psychodrama, even though the rules are basically the same. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "NFL deserves disaster in Super Bowl LII with Calvin Johnson Rule on its last legs," 3 Feb. 2018 But these scenes, however brilliantly realized, have little to do with the plot propelling the novel, a psychodrama about shifts in power, shifts in mental health, and a fixation upon children. Josephine Livingstone, New Republic, "The New Domestic Horror," 22 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of psychodrama

1932, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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psy·​cho·​dra·​ma | \ˌsī-kō-ˈdräm-ə, -ˈdram-; ˈsī-kō-ˌdräm-ə, -ˌdram- \

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 \ adjective

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