morality play


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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.

morality play

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

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]

morality play

A medieval allegorical drama examining how ordinary people deal with temptation.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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"
Translations

morality play

nMoralität f

morality play

n (Theatre) → moralità f inv
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