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semidocumentary Syllabification: sem·i·doc·u·men·ta·ry
Pronunciation: /ˌsemēˌdäkyəˈment(ə)rē/ /ˌsemˌī-/

Definition of semidocumentary in English:


(Of a movie) having a factual background and a fictitious story.
Example sentences
  • Experimental, semi-documentary film, showing London's East End through the lives of two deaf-mutes.
  • In order to salute the real-life equivalents of its subjects, the film affects a semi-documentary style, casts character actresses rather than stars in the leads, and uses genuine military personnel as walk-ons.
  • Originating from a New York café conversation Marston had with a former mule, the film has a semi-documentary feel and projects the authenticity of careful research.


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A semidocumentary movie.
Example sentences
  • His fiction films (as opposed to certain of his documentaries or semi-documentaries) are rather pale and weak as a result.
  • An experimental film shot on a digital video camera, it's a semi-documentary on the life of Indonesian poet Kadir.
  • A semi-documentary about the Algerian revolution against French rule, and the harsh but effective measures employed by the French to crush the resistance.
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