Definition of morality play in English:

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morality play

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noun

A kind of drama with personified abstract qualities as the main characters and presenting a lesson about good conduct and character, popular in the 15th and early 16th centuries.
Example sentences
  • As we approach the end of scene three of the morality play, two heroic character types have emerged: the victim and the judge.
  • Instead, we are given a medieval morality play where each character is a virtue or vice and stays that way throughout.
  • One deliberate omission involves the vestiges of the medieval morality play that remained in Marlowe's 16 th-century retelling.

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Syllabification: mo·ral·i·ty play

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