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[te-tral-uh-jee, -trah-luh-] /tɛˈtræl ə dʒi, -ˈtrɑ lə-/
noun, plural tetralogies.
a series of four related dramas, operas, novels, etc.
a group of four dramas, three tragedies and one satyr play, performed consecutively at the festival of Dionysus in ancient Athens.
Origin of tetralogy
From the Greek word tetralogía, dating back to 1650-60. See tetra-, -logy Unabridged
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  • This first part of the tetralogy, which is the prologue, was not divided into acts.

    Wagner at Home Judith Gautier
  • The first act of Siegfried is one of the most dramatic in the tetralogy.

    Musicians of To-Day Romain Rolland
  • This series may be divided into two, each forming a tetralogy, or group of four plays.

    From Chaucer to Tennyson Henry A. Beers
  • He must be competently instructed in the tetralogy, or first four rules.

  • The drama itself comes second in the tetralogy of the Ring, being preceded by the Rheingold.

    The Valkyries Edward Frederic Benson
  • Wagner was obliged to accept this solution of his difficulties, and thus Bayreuth lost the sole right to the tetralogy.

  • He saw what was happening there with regard to matters of art, and that he could not dream of producing his tetralogy.

    Wagner at Home Judith Gautier
  • But this latter is more properly to be considered as the overture to a trilogy than as the first drama of a tetralogy.

    The Valkyries Edward Frederic Benson
  • Wagner never tired of exploiting the variation form in his operas, particularly in the tetralogy.

    Beethoven George Alexander Fischer
  • "Richard III" is the fourth play of a tetralogy manifestly planned before the earlier members were completed.

    Tragedy Ashley H. Thorndike
British Dictionary definitions for tetralogy


noun (pl) -gies
a series of four related works, as in drama or opera
(in ancient Greece) a group of four dramas, the first three tragic and the last satiric
(pathol) a group of four symptoms present in one disorder, esp Fallot's tetralogy
Word Origin
C17: from Greek tetralogia; see tetra-, -logy
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for tetralogy

1650s, from Greek tetralogia, from tetra- (see tetra-) + -logia (see -logy).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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tetralogy in Medicine

tetralogy te·tral·o·gy (tě-trāl'ə-jē, -trŏl'-)
A complex of four symptoms.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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