Diegesis

Diegesis

ˌdīəˈjēsis

Noun

  • A narrative or plot, typically in a movie.

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Example Sentences

“The detective movie’s diegesis was full of twists, but I guessed the ending.”

“The audience was captivated by the drama’s intense diegesis.”

“I followed along with the diegesis until my favorite character died, and then I didn’t want to watch it anymore.”

Word Origin

Greek, early 19th century

Why this word?

“Diegesis” originates from the Greek word “diēgēsis,” which means “narrative.” If you’ve ever felt a rush of satisfaction when you finish a particularly good book, there’s an explanation for that feeling. When you hear or watch a good story, your brain releases hormones in the pleasure centers of your brain. Consuming a good diegesis can be similar to eating a delicious meal (and just as satisfying).

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