Definitions

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

  • noun The presentation of a narrative without direct dramatic imitation of the events, scenes, or characters described.
  • noun The world that is depicted in a work of narrative art, especially a film.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In rhetoric, that part of an oration in which the speaker makes his statement of facts; the narration (which see).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A narrative or history; a recital or relation.

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  • noun narratology A narration or recitation.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Greek diēgēsis, narration, narrative, from diēgeisthai, to describe : dia-, dia- + hēgeisthai, to lead; see sāg- in Indo-European roots.]

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Ancient Greek διήγησις ("narration"), from διηγέομαι ("I narrate")

Examples

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  • This is also (in addition to portmanteau) a very popular word on Wikipedia.

    November 11, 2007

  • A parable mates sundry pieces:

    The set-up we call diegesis,

    But all who are able

    To tinker a fable

    Will use it to prop up a thesis.

    May 30, 2016