tetralogy

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noun te·tral·o·gy \te-ˈträ-lə-jē, -ˈtra-\

Definition of tetralogy

plural

tetralogies

  1. 1 :  a series of four connected works (such as operas or novels)

  2. 2 :  a group of four dramatic pieces presented consecutively on the Attic stage at the Dionysiac festival

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The original tetralogies were sets of four plays (three tragedies and a comedy) performed serially on the Athenian stages of ancient Greece. These sets of plays were similar to the "trilogy," a group of three serial Greek tragedies. The word tetralogy is from the Greek combining form tetra-, meaning "four," joined with the combining form "-logia," which in turn comes from logos, meaning "word." Other "tetra-" words include "tetrahedron" (a solid shape formed by four flat faces) and "tetrapod" (a vertebrate with two pairs of limbs).

Origin and Etymology of tetralogy

Greek tetralogia, from tetra- + -logia -logy


First Known Use: 1656


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