Meaning of dramatization in English:


Pronunciation /ˌdramətʌɪˈzeɪʃn/

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(also British dramatisation)
  • 1A play or film adapted from a novel or depicting a particular incident.

    ‘the film is a dramatization of a true story’
    • ‘His latest film is a dramatization of events leading up to the assassination of a heroic reporter in 1996.’
    • ‘Dramatizations of his novels were staged even before the final parts appeared, and the narratives he created now yield us films, television serials, and musicals.’
    • ‘The following is a dramatization based on historical facts.’
    • ‘I once tried unsuccessfully to read that novel; seeing its dramatization has inspired me never to try again.’
    • ‘The problem with a dramatisation based on real events is that a degree of simplification in unavoidable.’
    • ‘In early 1599, during which the dramatisation was performed, Richard's reign was a sensationally topical subject.’
    • ‘Check out the background information on the true story behind the film, as it is always interesting to learn about the real people who inspire dramatizations.’
    • ‘Her 1985 anthology series offered dramatizations from the lives of fictional American folk heroes including Johnny Appleseed, Davy Crockett, and Paul Bunyan.’
    • ‘This was something entirely missing in the placid ' millpond ' climax of the television dramatization.’
    • ‘It struck me as a typical English, BBC dramatisation but I know little about the actual history.’
    1. 1.1mass noun The process of adapting a novel or presenting a particular incident in a play or film.
      ‘he led an agitation for the reform of copyright law to prevent the dramatization of novels without the author's sanction’
      • ‘The dramatization of real-life events has tended to become the purview of the makers of the made-for-television movie.’
      • ‘Piero had no trouble grasping the difference between documentary reality and dramatization.’
      • ‘The West Wing became a critical and fan favorite, and successfully walked that tricky tightrope between pontification and dramatization.’
      • ‘Animated sequences, overlaid text and dramatisation are combined in an attempt to explore the subject thoroughly and disrupt the narrative sequence.’
      • ‘The past is a storehouse for stories of love, loss, death and courage and many of these stories come complete with a structure that simply requires dramatization.’
      • ‘I had no idea of what the story was till I came to grips with it in this process of dramatization.’
      • ‘Troppmann is more given to dramatization than to action; indeed for him, the action in the Barcelona streets becomes a means for dramatization.’
      • ‘If there is any material that refuses dramatization, The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci is it.’
      • ‘Are there any comparable instances of such instant dramatisation?’
      • ‘The playwright allows a predetermined narrative structure to quash the complexities that make Yamashita's case worthy of dramatization.’