Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Theatrical effect; effect produced artificially and designedly.

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Examples

  • What are termed great misfortunes, may more forcibly impress the mind of common readers; they have more of what may justly be termed stage-effect; but it is the delineation of finer sensations, which, in my opinion, constitutes the merit of our best novels.

    Maria; or The Wrongs of Woman

  • Individuals of wiser faith, indeed, who knew that Heaven promotes its purposes without aiming at the stage-effect of what is called miraculous interposition, were inclined to see a providential hand in Roger

    The Scarlet Letter

  • By the use of the term _dramatic_ in this connection, let us, in the outset, be understood to have no reference whatever to the theatre and stage-effect, or to the sundry devices whereby the playhouse is made at once popular and intolerable.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 04, No. 22, August, 1859

  • This merit belongs to _book-effect_, as _situations_ belong to stage-effect; the endings of his chapters are like good _exits_ -- we are sure to be curious as to the following page or scene.

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 13, No. 373, Supplementary Number

  • Individuals of wiser faith, indeed, who knew that Heaven promotes its purposes without aiming at the stage-effect of what is called miraculous interposition, were inclined to see a providential hand in Roger Chillingworth’s so opportune arrival.

    IX. The Leech

  • Though the humour was often prepared, the construction showed a rare mastery of stage-effect.

    Oscar Wilde

  • He so fits himself to each in turn, that if the effect he produces at one time is less than at another, it is because of some inferiority in stage-effect in the character.

    Kean’s Acting

  • Othello is probably the character best adapted to stage-effect, and Kean has an uninterrupted power over us in playing it.

    Kean’s Acting

  • All these rules one must keep in mind throughout, and further, those also for such points of stage-effect as directly depend on the art of the poet, since in these too one may often make mistakes.

    Poetics. English

  • Though the humour was often prepared, the construction showed a rare mastery of stage-effect.

    Oscar Wilde His Life and Confessions

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