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[te-tral-uh-jee, -trah-luh-]
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noun, plural te·tral·o·gies.
  1. a series of four related dramas, operas, novels, etc.
  2. a group of four dramas, three tragedies and one satyr play, performed consecutively at the festival of Dionysus in ancient Athens.
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Origin of tetralogy

From the Greek word tetralogía, dating back to 1650–60. See tetra-, -logy
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Related Words for tetralogy

tetralogy, tetrad, quaternity, quadrivium, quadruplet, quadruple, quaternion, quaternary, quadrumvirate, quartet, quadrigeminal

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Historical Examples of tetralogy

  • This first part of the Tetralogy, which is the prologue, was not divided into acts.

    Wagner at Home

    Judith Gautier

  • The work of Gringore, just noticed, forms part of such a tetralogy.

  • The first act of Siegfried is one of the most dramatic in the Tetralogy.

    Musicians of To-Day

    Romain Rolland

  • He must be competently instructed in the tetralogy, or first four rules.

  • He saw what was happening there with regard to matters of art, and that he could not dream of producing his tetralogy.

    Wagner at Home

    Judith Gautier

British Dictionary definitions for tetralogy


noun plural -gies
  1. a series of four related works, as in drama or opera
  2. (in ancient Greece) a group of four dramas, the first three tragic and the last satiric
  3. pathol a group of four symptoms present in one disorder, esp Fallot's tetralogy
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Word Origin for tetralogy

C17: from Greek tetralogia; see tetra-, -logy
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Word Origin and History for tetralogy


1650s, from Greek tetralogia, from tetra- (see tetra-) + -logia (see -logy).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

tetralogy in Medicine


(tĕ-trălə-jē, -trŏl-)
  1. A complex of four symptoms.
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