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[dram-uh-tist, drah-muh-] /ˈdræm ə tɪst, ˈdrɑ mə-/
a writer of dramas or dramatic poetry; playwright.
Origin of dramatist
1670-80; < Greek drāmat- (see dramatic) + -ist
Related forms
superdramatist, noun Unabridged
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  • As a dramatist Voltaire is negligible for the very reasons that made him so successful in his own day.

    Landmarks in French Literature G. Lytton Strachey
  • The realization of this, by a dramatist, is what is called "stagecraft."

    Once a Week Alan Alexander Milne
  • He is the dramatist of broken hearts, whose waste places are unrelieved by a touch of sunlight.

  • The dramatist had explained at some length his views of the crisis in Russia.

    They and I Jerome K. Jerome
  • And he answers to the chief test of the dramatist—he is a prime creator of character.

    Iconoclasts James Huneker
British Dictionary definitions for dramatist


a writer of plays; playwright
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for dramatist

1670s, see drama (Greek stem dramat-) + -ist.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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