dramatis personae

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n dramatis personae the actors in a play
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Dramatis personae (-ē) the characters of a drama or play
    • Dramatis personae the characters in a play or story
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.

Usage

In literature:

Destiny stands by sarcastic with our dramatis personae folded in her hand.
"Middlemarch" by George Eliot
Following Olga came a period of what Bertram called "one night stands," so frequently were the dramatis personae below stairs changed.
"Miss Billy Married" by Eleanor H. Porter
Before 'The Ring and the Book' was actually begun, 'Dramatis Personae' and 'In a Balcony' were to be completed.
"Life and Letters of Robert Browning" by Mrs. Sutherland Orr
Dramatis Personae 1864 James Lee.
"Life of Robert Browning" by William Sharp
Epilogue to "Dramatis Personae," 240.
"A Handbook to the Works of Browning (6th ed.)" by Mrs. Sutherland Orr
MORE OF THE DRAMATIS PERSONAE.
"Guy Rivers: A Tale of Georgia" by William Gilmore Simms
In a Balcony, Dramatis Personae.
"An Introduction to the Study of Browning" by Arthur Symons
There are appended to it keys of the dramatis personae and of the allegories.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by Isaac D'Israeli
Of course this always put to flight the dramatis personae of my study.
"In Nesting Time" by Olive Thorne Miller
The dramatis personae were a Young Convert, a Sceptic, and the Sceptic's Mother.
"Faces and Places" by Henry William Lucy
As indicated in the notes to the Dramatis Personae, this should be 'Decimus Brutus.
"The New Hudson Shakespeare: Julius Caesar" by William Shakespeare
But the "Dramatis Personae" and "In a Balcony" were to be completed before the inauguration of this great work.
"The Brownings" by Lilian Whiting
Many things thus combine to render Mr. John Ross not the least notable of our local dramatis personae.
"Toronto of Old" by Henry Scadding
Half-title, title, and "Dramatis Personae," three leaves, and B-H1 in fours.
"A Catalogue of Books in English Later than 1700 (Vol 1 of 3)" by Various
Title on A1 (verso "Dramatis Personae").
"A Catalogue of Books in English Later than 1700 (Vol 3 of 3)" by Various
I must first give you the scene and the dramatis personae.
"Letters of John Keats to His Family and Friends" by John Keats
The dramatis personae two Indians.
"The White Squaw" by Mayne Reid
DRAMATIS PERSONAE (L.), characters of a drama.
"Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 4 of 4: S-Z and supplements)" by Various
Gerard caught Margaret, but was carried down by her weight and impetus; and behold, the soil was strewn with dramatis personae.
"The Cloister and the Hearth" by Charles Reade
The number and variety of its dramatis personae give it the liveliest interest throughout.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 2" by Various
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In poetry:

The dramatis personae of our lives
Dwindle and wizen; familiar boyhood shames,
The tribulations one somehow survives,
Rise smokily from propitiatory flames
"Sarabande On Attaining The Age Of Seventy-Seven" by Anthony Hecht