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Dramedy

[DRAH-mə-dee]

Part of speech: noun

Origin: English, early 20th century

1.

A movie, play, or broadcast program that combines elements of drama and comedy.

Examples of Dramedy in a sentence

"Netflix knows my tastes well and always suggests the latest dramedy."

"She is known for her comedic skills, but her last project was more of a dramedy."

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About Dramedy

Turn on your TV and you can find sitcoms and crime dramas. You know what you’re going to get. But then there are shows that blend genres. In a dramedy, you might have humorous actors playing out serious situations — or absurd realities with important consequences. However you want to blend your comedy and drama, it’s good entertainment.

Did you Know?

While the word “dramedy” is a 20th-century creation, the concept of a comedy-drama hybrid is nothing new. In literature, Greek philosopher Aristotle brought up the idea of a tragedy with a dual ending. Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” and “The Merchant of Venice” could be called tragicomedy, and more modern playwrights, such as Samuel Beckett and Tom Stoppard, have specialized in the genre.

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