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morality play

n.
1. A drama in the 1400s and 1500s using allegorical characters to portray the soul's struggle to achieve salvation.
2. Something viewed as exhibiting a struggle between good and evil and offering a moral lesson.
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morality play

n
(Theatre) a type of drama written between the 14th and 16th centuries concerned with the conflict between personified virtues and vices
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moral′ity play`


n.
an allegorical drama of the 15th and 16th centuries in which personified virtues, vices, and other abstractions are characters. Compare miracle play, mystery play.
[1925–30]
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morality play

A medieval allegorical drama examining how ordinary people deal with temptation.
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Noun1.morality play - an allegorical play popular in the 15th and 16th centuries; characters personified virtues and vices
drama, dramatic play, play - a dramatic work intended for performance by actors on a stage; "he wrote several plays but only one was produced on Broadway"
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morality play

nMoralität f
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morality play

n (Theatre) → moralità f inv
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Veteran Danish director Kristoffer Nyholm frames this sturdy and compact morality tale as a tasty Scandinavianstyle noir, inspired by the real-life Flannan Isles mystery of 1900 when three keepers disappeared from their lighthouse in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland.
Veteran Danish director Kristoffer Nyholm frames this sturdy and compact morality tale as a tasty Scandinavian-style noir, inspired by the real-life Flannan Isles mystery of 1900 when three keepers disappeared from their lighthouse in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland.
(15) HHHH H WILDLY ambitious and superbly crafted, this intriguing, tense and funny real-life heist thriller is a light-fingered and dexterous modern day morality tale.
In essence this is something of a morality tale, but it is told in a brilliant way and I think this will be a firm favourite, particularly in the autumn terms.
Chorus Theatre's adaptation of Dickens' classic morality tale A Christmas Carol at the Swan in the Rushes, Loughborough, was expertly and lovingly told by one actor, Andrew McWilliam (and a myriad of characters).
..IN THE third stave of Charles Dickens' morality tale A Christmas Carol, the narrator pithily observes "there is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humour".
A Danish botanist's naive optimism clashes with the harsh reality of West African colonial life in "Gold Coast," an atmospheric early-19th-century morality tale in which the salt air, humidity and horror of its distant remove from law and order are made palpable, almost suffocating, by the period pic's feverish style.
Armour explores Hungarian influence on Serbian policy between 1867 and the treaties of 1878-81, and finds both a lesson in Realpolitik and a sort of morality tale. His topics include K[sz]llay goes to Belgrade, the Obrenovic assassination, the Karadordevic prosecution 1868-70, the Bosnian question 1868-70, managing the South Slavs, the effect of the Franco-Prussian War, the Bosnian question revisited 1870-71, the Karadordevic fiasco 1870-71, Serbia's swing toward Russia 1870-71, a problematical relationship 1871-78, and the imposition of satellite status 1878-81.
Brilliantly performed and carefully composed, The Bling Ring is a slightly trippy but assured morality tale with wry humour.
"The Girl Who Blamed the World" is a funky, illustrated morality tale in narrative verse about a girl named Rosa Lee who never found happiness because of her sour attitude, "Woe is me!" Rosa Lee blames the world for her wonky eye, her fizzy curls, and just about everything else that happens that is not exactly what she wants exactly when she wants in.
David tries working as a morality tale but loses out owing to lack of focus in its treatment.
Dominic Mitchell's zombie drama was a dark delight - and a magnificent morality tale.