Dra"ma [L. drama, Gr. , fr. to do, act; cf. Lith. daryti.]


A composition, in prose or poetry, accommodated to action, and intended to exhibit a picture of human life, or to depict a series of grave or humorous actions of more than ordinary interest, tending toward some striking result. It is commonly designed to be spoken and represented by actors on the stage.

A divine pastoral drama in the Song of Solomon. Milton.


A series of real events invested with a dramatic unity and interest.

"The drama of war."


Westward the course of empire takes its way; The four first acts already past, A fifth shall close the drama with the day; Time's noblest offspring is the last. Berkeley.

The drama and contrivances of God's providence. Sharp.


Dramatic composition and the literature pertaining to or illustrating it; dramatic literature.

⇒ The principal species of the drama are tragedy and comedy; inferior species are tragi-comedy, melodrama, operas, burlettas, and farces.

The romantic drama, the kind of drama whose aim is to present a tale or history in scenes, and whose plays (like those of Shakespeare, Marlowe, and others) are stories told in dialogue by actors on the stage.

J. A. Symonds.


© Webster 1913.