[sahy-koh-drah-muh, -dram-uh, sahy-koh-drah-muh, -dram-uh]
  1. a method of group psychotherapy in which participants take roles in improvisational dramatizations of emotionally charged situations.
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. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for psychodrama


  1. psychiatry a form of group therapy in which individuals act out, before an audience, situations from their past
  2. 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.

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psychodrama in Medicine


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