re·​tell·​ing | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈte-liŋ How to pronounce retelling (audio) \

Definition of retelling

: a new version of a story a retelling of a Greek legend

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Brown will answer the complaint and potentially countersue Taylor As a starting point, the above narrative is taken from the accuser’s retelling of events. Michael Mccann,, "Inside the Federal Lawsuit Filed Against Antonio Brown for Rape and Sexual Assault," 11 Sep. 2019 An Officer and a Spy is a retelling of the Dreyfus Affair. Ariston Anderson, The Hollywood Reporter, "Venice: Todd Phillips' 'Joker' Wins Golden Lion, Roman Polanski Wins Silver Lion," 7 Sep. 2019 Yet, in Bourdain’s retelling of events, Soper is no hero. Tim Carman, Washington Post, "Overlooked among his many books, Anthony Bourdain’s ‘Typhoid Mary’ is a revelation in 2019," 30 July 2019 The story behind how his first book, a retelling of the mythology behind Hindu god Shiva, was published is now part of an urban legend. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "Amish Tripathi wants to write a hundred books, one cream biscuit at a time," 26 Aug. 2019 Aside from that, plenty of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, the Hulk, and Black Widow in what seems like a retelling of the Civil War storyline, at least partially. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Square Enix's E3 2019 event: Avengers, Dying Light 2, and Final Fantasy games galore," 10 June 2019 The musical, a folk-operatic retelling of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth, comes from singer-songerwriter Anais Mitchell. Dave Quinn,, "Tony Awards 2019: All the Musicals Up for Best New Musical," 7 June 2019 But the many retellings of chaos’s birth say little to nothing about how Hamilton and Ellen Gille wrote the specific programs that revealed the signatures of chaos. Joshua Sokol, WIRED, "These Hidden Women Helped Invent Chaos Theory," 26 May 2019 Gardiner uses the app for story-retelling exercises: The kids listen to a tale like Sneezy the Snowman and then use AR Makr on their iPads to illustrate a snippet of the narrative. Lauren Goode, WIRED, "Google Lens, Augmented Reality, and the Future of Learning," 20 Aug. 2019

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1883, in the meaning defined above

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