[dram-uh-tuh-zey-shuh n, drah-muh-]


the act of dramatizing.
construction or representation in dramatic form.
a dramatized version of a novel, historic incident, etc.

Origin of dramatization

First recorded in 1790–1800; dramatize + -ation
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Related Words for dramatization

dramatics, entertainment, melodrama

Examples from the Web for dramatization

Contemporary Examples of dramatization

  • As Solomon says, “myth building makes quick riddance of inconvenient facts,” and the same could be said of dramatization.

  • Its dramatization of the clash between utopianism and geopolitical catastrophe becomes more potent with every passing year.

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Historical Examples of dramatization

British Dictionary definitions for dramatization




the reconstruction of an event, novel, story, etc in a form suitable for dramatic presentation
the art or act of dramatizing
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Word Origin and History for dramatization

1796, from dramatize + -ation.

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