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[dram-uh-tur-jee, drah-muh-] /ˈdræm əˌtɜr dʒi, ˈdrɑ mə-/
the craft or the techniques of dramatic composition.
Origin of dramaturgy
1795-1805; < Greek drāmatourgía dramatic composition, equivalent to drāmaturg(ós) playwright + -ia -y3. See dramatic, -urgy
Related forms
dramaturgic, dramaturgical, adjective
dramaturgically, adverb Unabridged
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  • As soon as their dramaturgy is interpreted symbolically all seems to them lost.

    Amiel's Journal Henri-Frdric Amiel
  • The whole Semitic dramaturgy has come to seem to me a work of the imagination.

    Amiel's Journal Henri-Frdric Amiel
  • dramaturgy, dram′a-tur-ji, n. the principles of dramatic composition: theatrical art.

  • Ibsen will live, not as a dramaturgist, but as the greatest professor of dramaturgy the world has ever known.

    Ancestors Gertrude Atherton
  • The imaginative equipment of Maeterlinck's dramaturgy is rather limited and, on its face value, trite.

    Prophets of Dissent Otto Heller
  • On the whole, Kalidasa was remarkably faithful to the ingenious but somewhat over-elaborate conventions of Indian dramaturgy.

  • Such a feat in dramaturgy is, perhaps, appreciable only to those who have tried to write plays themselves.

    The Whirligig of Time Wayland Wells Williams
  • There was a declaration of principles to be formulated out of sagacity and dramaturgy.

    Children of the Market Place

    Edgar Lee Masters
British Dictionary definitions for dramaturgy


the art and technique of the theatre; dramatics
Derived Forms
dramaturgic, dramaturgical, adjective
dramaturgically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for dramaturgy

"composition and production of plays," 1801, from French dramaturgie, from Greek dramatourgia, from drama (genitive dramatos) + ergos "worker" (see urge (v.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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