backstory

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back +‎ story

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backstory (plural backstories)

  1. The previous life and experiences of a character in a dramatic work.
    • 2004 January 16, Kelly Kleiman, “Her Side of the Story”, Chicago Reader:
      These backstories cast the characters' behavior in a new light: of course Gertrude would promptly marry the man who saved her from abuse; of course Ophelia would be desperate and indiscreet in seeking Hamlet's love.
    • A fictitious account of a person's history designed to conceal their actual history and motives; a cover story.
  2. A prequel.

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