I do not think they expected much joy from the amateur reading of an unacted piece.
Dramatica, was uncertain whether Gay was the author of this unacted drama.
This encouraged Major Monarch to say, following up his appeal with an unacted gulp: "It's awfully hard—we've tried everything."
The unacted upon portions are dissolved out by dilute hydrochloric acid, leaving a black permanent image.
The classical form of this unacted play, instinct with the spirit of the new reform, betrays the work of a learned hand.
Walpole's own unacted "Mysterious Mother" , perhaps the most powerful of the Gothic tragedies, was the pioneer of the movement.
In the case of the unacted drama, however, there is no point of marked change.
The stranger stared in utter amazement—an amazement so frank, so unacted, so genuine, that Mr. Grimm was satisfied.
By way of enhancing the value of what were obviously stolen wares, it was falsely added that the piece was new and unacted.
At the present moment the cry of the unacted is unusually bitter and loud.
late 14c., "a thing done," from Old French acte "(official) document," and directly from Latin actus "a doing, a driving, impulse; a part in a play, act," and actum "a thing done," originally a legal term, both from agere "to do, set in motion, drive, urge, chase, stir up," from PIE root *ag- "to drive, draw out or forth, move" (cf. Greek agein "to lead, guide, drive, carry off," agon "assembly, contest in the games," agogos "leader;" Sanskrit ajati "drives," ajirah "moving, active;" Old Norse aka "to drive;" Middle Irish ag "battle").
Theatrical ("part of a play," 1510s) and legislative (early 15c.) senses of the word also were in Latin. Meaning "display of exaggerated behavior" is from 1928. In the act "in the process" is from 1590s, perhaps originally from the 16c. sense of the act as "sexual intercourse." Act of God "uncontrollable natural force" recorded by 1726.
An act of God is an accident which arises from a cause which operates without interference or aid from man (1 Pars. on Cont. 635); the loss arising wherefrom cannot be guarded against by the ordinary exertions of human skill and prudence so as to prevent its effect. [William Wait, "General Principles of the Law," Albany, 1879]
mid-15c., "to act upon or adjudicate" a legal case; 1590s in the theatrical sense, from Latin actus, past participle of agere (see act (n.)). To act up "be unruly" is from 1903. To act out "behave anti-socially" (1974) is from psychiatric sense of "expressing one's unconscious impulses or desires." Related: Acted; acting.
a class act, clean up one's act, do the dutch, go into one's act, sister act