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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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  • From the beginning to the end of his career he was as much a lyric poet as a dramatist.

    The Man Shakespeare Frank Harris
  • The first scene of the second act shows us how Shakespeare, the dramatist, worked.

    The Man Shakespeare Frank Harris
  • The play was the latest work of the Scandinavian dramatist, the actress was Glory Quayle.

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • These are the main outlines of Schnitzler's work as a dramatist.

  • It is not the artist's business (be he dramatist or other) to preach.

    Another Sheaf John Galsworthy
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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