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diegesis Syllabification: di·e·ge·sis
Pronunciation: /ˌdīəˈjēsis/

Definition of diegesis in English:

noun (plural diegeses-sēz)

A narrative or plot, typically in a movie.
Example sentences
  • It is true that the tropes and symbols that actualize the structure of the lyric, and the diegesis actualizing narrative structures, are all referential, rooted in mores, in ideologies-rooted in history.
  • Establishing Hamlet and Branagh as a version of the Lacanian ‘subject presumed to know’ also serves a practical purpose in enabling Branagh to sustain an illusion of total control both within and beyond the diegesis of the film.
  • Background music is not part of the diegesis of the film and has the potential to create confusion.


Pronunciation: /-ˈjetik/
Example sentences
  • Similarly, multi-channel playback systems could render the diegetic space of a conversation by moving dialogue from speaker to speaker as characters moved across screen.
  • A common question in your basic film analysis class is going to revolve around diegetic and non-diegetic sound.
  • He returns to fulfil his role as an agent of connection at the end of the film, restoring order to the diegetic world.


Early 19th century: from Greek diēgēsis 'narrative'.

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