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diegesis

[dahy-uh-jee-sis]
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noun, plural di·e·ge·ses [dahy-uh-jee-seez] /ˌdaɪ əˈdʒi siz/. (in literature, film, etc.)
  1. the telling of a story by a narrator who summarizes events in the plot and comments on the conversations, thoughts, etc., of the characters.
  2. the sphere or world in which these narrated events and other elements occur.
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Origin of diegesis

1800–10; < Greek diēgēsis ‘a narrative’, derivative of diēgeisthai ‘to describe, narrate’ < dia- dia- + hēgeîsthai ‘to guide’
Related formsdi·e·get·ic [dahy-uh-jet-ik] /ˌdaɪ əˈdʒɛt ɪk/, adjective
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  • A surgeon has bought the 'Diegesis', and tendered me half a sovereign to give him a private lecture to-morrow evening.

    The Battle of The Press

    Theophila Carlile Campbell