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Dra"ma (dr&ä;"m&adot_; or dr&ā;"m&adot_;; 277), n. [L. drama, Gr. dra^ma, fr. dra^n 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; Berkeley.
The four first acts already past,
A fifth shall close the drama with the day;
Time's noblest offspring is the last.
The drama and contrivances of God's providence. Sharp.
3. Dramatic composition and the literature pertaining to or illustrating it; dramatic literature.
&hand_; 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.