Definition of tetralogy in English:

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Pronunciation: /tɪˈtralədʒi/

noun (plural tetralogies)

1A group of four related literary or operatic works.
Example sentences
  • Of the tetralogy, I think Walküre is my least favourite.
  • Rabbit Remembered may have upset the symmetry of his great tetralogy but it in no way diminishes it.
  • Adam Phillips starts his essay on the impossibilities of human desire by quoting Christopher Tietjens, the stoic hero of Ford Madox Ford's tetralogy, Parade's End.
1.1A series of four ancient Greek dramas, three tragic and one a comedy featuring a chorus of satyrs, originally presented together.
Example sentences
  • Many of Aeschylus' productions were connected ‘tetralogies’, comprising three tragedies presenting successive episodes of a single story (a ‘trilogy’) followed by a satyr-play based on part of the same or a related myth.
  • Whereas in the first tetralogy women are granted considerable power as warriors and politicians, in the second tetralogy there are ‘fewer female characters; they have less time on stage and less to say when they get there.’
  • The earliest copy of Plato's Tetralogies is dated about 1,200 years after Plato supposedly wrote the original.
2 Medicine A set of four related symptoms or abnormalities frequently occurring together.
Example sentences
  • The various operations performed on these patients were corrective operations for cyanotic heart disease such as tetralogy of Fallot, tricuspid atresia, pulmonary atresia and transposition of great vessels.
  • Fallot's tetralogy is a set of 4 congenital heart defects occurring together.
  • Two of them had Fallot's tetralogy, which Cleland and his colleagues had never operated on before.

Words that rhyme with tetralogy

allergy, analogy, genealogy, hypallage, metallurgy, mineralogy

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