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mystery play

a medieval dramatic form based on a Biblical story, usually dealing with the life, death, and resurrection of Christ.
Origin of mystery play
First recorded in 1850-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Besides, their affairs had now become as exciting to us as a mystery play.

    The Brightener C. N. Williamson
  • In the mystery play the scene of this act is laid before Orleans.

    Joan of Arc Ronald Sutherland Gower
  • And the sight of her caused the attention of many of the spectators to wander from the mystery play.

    The Jungle Girl

    Gordon Casserly
  • Jordantown had become the stage upon which a mystery play was being enacted with all the farcical features of a comedy.

    The Co-Citizens Corra Harris
  • They tweaked his tail on carven misericords, and in the mystery play he was invariably cast for the clown.

    Nonsenseorship G. G. Putnam and Others
  • In the Middle Ages one went to church to see the mystery play; now one goes to the music-hall to hear a sermon.

    An Ocean Tramp William McFee
  • She saw it all in a mystery play long long ago—when a Hand came out, and put in the stars and sun and moon.'

    The Herd Boy and His Hermit Charlotte M. Yonge
  • It was treated solemnly, dreamily, phlegmatically, as a sort of cross between Maeterlinck and a 'mystery play.'

    Oscar Wilde Leonard Cresswell Ingleby
  • It was, in fact, a mystery play designed by the High Priests of the Communist faith to instruct the people.

  • Davie responded that it was like a pasteboard town in a mystery play, and that he longed to strike at it with his good broadsword.

    Two Penniless Princesses Charlotte M. Yonge
British Dictionary definitions for mystery play

mystery play

(in the Middle Ages) a type of drama based on the life of Christ Compare miracle play
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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