diegetic

[ dahy-uh-jet-ik ]

adjective
  1. (of a story) told by a narrator: Interspersed throughout the movie are diegetic scenes in which the offscreen present-day protagonist comments—usually scathingly—on the behavior of his former self.

  2. happening within or being the created world of a story:Diegetic sound—the creaking timbers of a ship at sea, the cries of gulls on the beach—pulls the viewer into the world of the movie. In the Marvel cinematic universe, multiple separate superhero films take place within a single diegetic world.

Origin of diegetic

1
First recorded in 1895–1900; from Greek diēgētikόs “(pertaining to a) narrative”

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