drama

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.

Definitions of drama
  1. noun
    a dramatic work intended for performance by actors on a stage
    synonyms: dramatic play, play
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    Grand Guignol
    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
    playlet
    a short play
    miracle play
    a medieval play representing episodes from the life of a saint or martyr
    morality play
    an allegorical play popular in the 15th and 16th centuries; characters personified virtues and vices
    mystery play
    a medieval play representing episodes from the life of Christ
    Passion play
    a play representing the Passion of Christ
    satyr play
    an ancient Greek burlesque with a chorus of satyrs
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    dramatic composition, dramatic work
    a play for performance on the stage or television or in a movie etc.
  2. noun
    the literary genre of works intended for the theater
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    closet drama
    drama more suitable for reading that for performing
    comedy
    light and humorous drama with a happy ending
    tragedy
    drama in which the protagonist is overcome by some superior force or circumstance; excites terror or pity
    black comedy
    comedy that uses black humor
    commedia dell'arte
    Italian comedy of the 16th to 18th centuries improvised from standardized situations and stock characters
    dark comedy
    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
    high comedy
    a sophisticated comedy; often satirizing genteel society
    low comedy
    a comedy characterized by slapstick and burlesque
    melodrama
    an extravagant comedy in which action is more salient than characterization
    seriocomedy, tragicomedy
    a comedy with serious elements or overtones
    tragicomedy
    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
    slapstick
    a boisterous comedy with chases and collisions and practical jokes
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    genre, literary genre, writing style
    a style of expressing yourself in writing
  3. noun
    the quality of being arresting or highly emotional
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    emotionalism, emotionality
    emotional nature or quality
  4. noun
    an episode that is turbulent or highly emotional
    synonyms: dramatic event
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    night terror
    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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    episode
    a happening that is distinctive in a series of related events
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