morality play


noun

an allegorical form of the drama current from the 14th to 16th centuries and employing such personified abstractions as Virtue, Vice, Greed, Gluttony, etc.

Origin of morality play

First recorded in 1925–30
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British Dictionary definitions for morality play

morality play


noun

a type of drama written between the 14th and 16th centuries concerned with the conflict between personified virtues and vices
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