diegesis

[ dahy-uh-jee-sis ]
/ ˌdaɪ əˈdʒi sɪs /

noun, plural di·e·ge·ses [dahy-uh-jee-seez] /ˌdaɪ əˈdʒi siz/. (in literature, film, etc.)

the telling of a story by a narrator who summarizes events in the plot and comments on the conversations, thoughts, etc., of the characters.
the sphere or world in which these narrated events and other elements occur.

Nearby words

  1. diecious,
  2. dieciously,
  3. diefenbaker,
  4. diefenbaker, john george,
  5. dieffenbachia,
  6. diego garcia,
  7. diehard,
  8. diel,
  9. dieldrin,
  10. dielectric


Origin of diegesis

1800–10; < Greek diēgēsis ‘a narrative’, derivative of diēgeisthai ‘to describe, narrate’ < dia- dia- + hēgeîsthai ‘to guide’

Related formsdi·e·get·ic [dahy-uh-jet-ik] /ˌdaɪ əˈdʒɛt ɪk/, adjective

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