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

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

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  • noun a type of allegorical drama towards the end of the Middle Ages that demonstrates a moral theme such as a character's inner struggle to attain moral enlightenment or salvation

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  • noun an allegorical play popular in the 15th and 16th centuries; characters personified virtues and vices

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