[ sahy-koh-drah-muh, -dram-uh, sahy-koh-drah-muh, -dram-uh ]
/ ˌsaɪ koʊˈdrɑ mə, -ˈdræm ə, ˈsaɪ koʊˌdrɑ mə, -ˌdræm ə /


a method of group psychotherapy in which participants take roles in improvisational dramatizations of emotionally charged situations.

Nearby words

  1. psychochemical,
  2. psychochemistry,
  3. psychodelic,
  4. psychodiagnosis,
  5. psychodiagnostics,
  6. psychodynamic,
  7. psychodynamics,
  8. psychoendocrinology,
  9. psychogalvanic,
  10. psychogalvanic response

Compare sociodrama.

Origin of psychodrama

First recorded in 1935–40; psycho- + drama

Related formspsy·cho·dra·mat·ic [sahy-koh-druh-mat-ik] /ˌsaɪ koʊ drəˈmæt ɪk/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for psychodrama


/ (ˈsaɪkəʊˌdrɑːmə) /


psychiatry a form of group therapy in which individuals act out, before an audience, situations from their past
a film, television drama, etc, in which the psychological development of the characters is emphasized
Derived Formspsychodramatic (ˌsaɪkəʊdrəˈmætɪk), adjective

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Word Origin and History for psychodrama



also psycho-drama, 1937 (in writing of U.S. psychiatrist Jacob L. Moreno (1889-1974)), from psycho- + drama. Related: Psychodramatic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for psychodrama


[ sī′kə-drämə ]


A psychotherapeutic and analytic technique in which people are assigned roles to be played spontaneously within a dramatic context devised by a therapist.
A dramatization in which this technique is employed.
Related formspsy′cho•dra•matic (-drə-mătĭk) adj.

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