Drama is highly emotional. It can happen on stage, like a performance of "Hamlet," or in a gaggle of 7th grade girls, breathlessly dissecting why so-and-so broke up with what's-her-name.
The word drama comes directly from Greek, meaning "action" or "a play." Which is no surprise, since ancient Athens was a hotbed of dramatic theater. The earliest recorded actor was a Greek named Thespis, and actors today are still called "thespians" in his honor. Drama doesn't always take place on the stage, though. You can use the word, sometimes with a roll of the eyes, to describe behavior or a reaction to a situation that appears a little overly emotional.
n a dramatic work intended for performance by actors on a stage
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a play of a macabre or horrific nature
theater of the absurd
plays stressing the irrational or illogical aspects of life, usually to show that modern life is pointless
a short play
a medieval play representing episodes from the life of a saint or martyr
an allegorical play popular in the 15th and 16th centuries; characters personified virtues and vices
a medieval play representing episodes from the life of Christ
a play representing the Passion of Christ
an ancient Greek burlesque with a chorus of satyrs
n the literary genre of works intended for the theater
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drama more suitable for reading that for performing
light and humorous drama with a happy ending
drama in which the protagonist is overcome by some superior force or circumstance; excites terror or pity
comedy that uses black humor
Italian comedy of the 16th to 18th centuries improvised from standardized situations and stock characters
a comedy characterized by grim or satiric humor; a comedy having gloomy or disturbing elements
farce, farce comedy, travesty
a comedy characterized by broad satire and improbable situations
a sophisticated comedy; often satirizing genteel society
a comedy characterized by slapstick and burlesque
an extravagant comedy in which action is more salient than characterization
a comedy with serious elements or overtones
a dramatic composition involving elements of both tragedy and comedy usually with the tragic predominating
sitcom, situation comedy
a humorous drama based on situations that might arise in day-to-day life
a boisterous comedy with chases and collisions and practical jokes
n an episode that is turbulent or highly emotional
- dramatic event
an emotional episode (usually in young children) in which the person awakens in terror with feelings of anxiety and fear but is unable to remember any incident that might have provoked those feelings
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a happening that is distinctive in a series of related events