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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Drama  \Dra"ma\  (?;  277),  n.  [L.  drama,  Gr  ?,  fr  ?  to  do  act 
  cf  Lith.  daryti.] 
  1.  A  composition,  in  prose  or  poetry,  accommodated  to  action 
  and  intended  to  exhibit  a  picture  of  human  life,  or  to 
  depict  a  series  of  grave  or  humorous  actions  of  more  than 
  ordinary  interest,  tending  toward  some  striking  result.  It 
  is  commonly  designed  to  be  spoken  and  represented  by 
  actors  on  the  stage. 
 
  A  divine  pastoral  drama  in  the  Song  of  Solomon. 
  --Milton. 
 
  2.  A  series  of  real  events  invested  with  a  dramatic  unity  and 
  interest.  ``The  drama  of  war.''  --Thackeray. 
 
  Westward  the  course  of  empire  takes  its  way  The 
  four  first  acts  already  past,  A  fifth  shall  close 
  the  drama  with  the  day  Time's  noblest  offspring  is 
  the  last  --Berkeley. 
 
  The  drama  and  contrivances  of  God's  providence. 
  --Sharp. 
 
  3.  Dramatic  composition  and  the  literature  pertaining  to  or 
  illustrating  it  dramatic  literature. 
 
  Note:  The  principal  species  of  the  drama  are  {tragedy}  and 
  {comedy};  inferior  species  are  {tragi-comedy}, 
  {melodrama},  {operas},  {burlettas},  and  {farces}. 
 
  {The  romantic  drama},  the  kind  of  drama  whose  aim  is  to 
  present  a  tale  or  history  in  scenes,  and  whose  plays  (like 
  those  of  Shakespeare,  Marlowe,  and  others)  are  stories 
  told  in  dialogue  by  actors  on  the  stage.  --J.  A.  Symonds 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Comedy  \Com"e*dy\,  n.;  pl  {Comedies}.  [F.  com['e]die,  L. 
  comoedia  fr  Gr  ?;  ?  a  jovial  festivity  with  music  and 
  dancing,  a  festal  procession,  an  ode  sung  at  this  procession 
  (perh.  akin  to  ?  village,  E.  home)  +  ?  to  sing;  for  comedy 
  was  originally  of  a  lyric  character.  See  {Home},  and  {Ode}.] 
  A  dramatic  composition,  or  representation  of  a  bright  and 
  amusing  character,  based  upon  the  foibles  of  individuals,  the 
  manners  of  society,  or  the  ludicrous  events  or  accidents  of 
  life;  a  play  in  which  mirth  predominates  and  the  termination 
  of  the  plot  is  happy;  --  opposed  to  tragedy. 
 
  With  all  the  vivacity  of  comedy.  --Macaulay. 
 
  Are  come  to  play  a  pleasant  comedy.  --Shak. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  comedy 
  n  1:  light  and  humorous  drama  with  a  happy  ending  [ant:  {tragedy}] 
  2:  a  comic  incident  or  series  of  incidents  [syn:  {drollery},  {clowning}, 
  {funniness}] 




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