[dram-uh-tur-jee, drah-muh-]


the craft or the techniques of dramatic composition.

Origin of dramaturgy

1795–1805; < Greek drāmatourgía dramatic composition, equivalent to drāmaturg(ós) playwright + -ia -y3. See dramatic, -urgy
Related formsdram·a·tur·gic, dram·a·tur·gi·cal, adjectivedram·a·tur·gi·cal·ly, adverb
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  • As soon as their dramaturgy is interpreted symbolically all seems to them lost.

    Amiel's Journal

    Henri-Frdric Amiel

  • The whole Semitic dramaturgy has come to seem to me a work of the imagination.

    Amiel's Journal

    Henri-Frdric Amiel

  • Dramaturgy, dram′a-tur-ji, n. the principles of dramatic composition: theatrical art.

  • Ibsen will live, not as a dramaturgist, but as the greatest professor of dramaturgy the world has ever known.


    Gertrude Atherton

  • The imaginative equipment of Maeterlinck's dramaturgy is rather limited and, on its face value, trite.

British Dictionary definitions for dramaturgy



the art and technique of the theatre; dramatics
Derived Formsdramaturgic or dramaturgical, adjectivedramaturgically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for dramaturgy

"composition and production of plays," 1801, from French dramaturgie, from Greek dramatourgia, from drama (genitive dramatos) + ergos "worker" (see urge (v.)).

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