from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The art or practice of acting and stagecraft.
  • noun Dramatic or stagy behavior.

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  • noun the art of acting and stagecraft.
  • noun dramatic behaviour.

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  • noun the art of writing and producing plays
  • noun participation in theatrical productions as an extracurricular activity


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