semi-au·​to·​bio·​graph·​i·​cal | \ ˌse-mē-ˌȯ-tə-ˌbī-ə-ˈgra-fi-kəl How to pronounce semi-autobiographical (audio) , ˌse-ˌmī-, -mi- \
variants: or less commonly semiautobiographical

Definition of semi-autobiographical

: partly autobiography and partly fiction : being a fictionalized account of the author's life a semi-autobiographical novel/film … James Herriott's semiautobiographical story of his return from WWII to family and friends.TV Guide The play is a convincing picture of a brief but powerful relationship, based on Owen's copious letters and the semi-autobiographical account of Sassoon's George Sherston.— Simon Berry Pedro Almodóvar's most recent drama is one of his most personal: a semi-autobiographical study of an aging, isolated filmmaker who reconnects with an estranged colleague … and starts reassessing his own life.— Norman Wilner In this semiautobiographical take on her own life, [Pamela] Adlon plays "Sam," a working actress and single parent in Los Angeles.— Kit Steinkellner also : of, relating to, or in the style of a semi-autobiographical work a semi-autobiographical protagonist/character/role Through semiautobiographical storytelling, Jenna Dawn Maclellan's project will address the challenges of daily life in the North … The Sudbury Star The acclaimed artist … is known for the semi-autobiographical nature of his work, which riffs on his own youth in the Vancouver suburb of Port Coquitlam. — Guy Dixon Is this all meant to be a semi-autobiographical comment on what fame does to relationships, since [Darren] Aronofsky and [Jennifer] Lawrence are an item in real life? — Ryan Lambie

Examples of semi-autobiographical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Abby McEnany's semiautobiographical series is no longer in progress. Whitney Perry, Glamour, 13 May 2022 The semiautobiographical black-and-white drama Belfast, set in the late 1960s, showcases the Irish Troubles from the perspective of a little boy, Buddy (Jude Hill), a stand-in for writer-director Kenneth Branagh. Robyn Bahr, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 Mar. 2022 His character, based on author Christopher Isherwood from his semiautobiographical 1939 novel Goodbye to Berlin, had at first been envisioned as a mere observer of the surrounding chaos of 1930s Berlin. Ryan Gajewski, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 Feb. 2022 Knausgaard’s opus is often heralded as a pioneer of autofiction, but in Japan, the semiautobiographical genre of the I-novel has been trending since at least the beginning of the last century. Nicole Acheampong, The Atlantic, 10 Dec. 2021 All American Hunter Clowdus joins the regular cast, playing Beverly Hills High quarterback JJ Parker, as this semiautobiographical sports drama returns, picking up the action following the Beverly and Crenshaw state championship. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, 25 Oct. 2021 But with his 23rd film, Almodóvar continues to tap the contemplative vein of his last feature, 2019’s superb Pain & Glory, a semiautobiographical exploration of aging and mortality. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, 1 Sep. 2021 Two award-winning Scottish authors discuss their semiautobiographical coming-of-age novels with Times staff writer Anousha Sakoui. Los Angeles Times, 12 Apr. 2021 This semiautobiographical novel by Margaret Brown Kilik is about Jane Davis, a 20-year-old woman making her way through the San Antonio of the World War II years. Paula Allen,, 2 Jan. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of semi-autobiographical

1858, in the meaning defined above

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17 May 2022

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“Semi-autobiographical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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