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- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈnæɹətɪv/
- (US, Mary–marry–merry distinction) IPA(key): /ˈnæɹətɪv/
- (US, Mary–marry–merry merger) IPA(key): /ˈnɛɹətɪv/
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- Hyphenation: nar‧ra‧tive
- Telling a story.
- Overly talkative; garrulous.
- Of or relating to narration.
- the narrative thrust of a film
telling a story
- The systematic recitation of an event or series of events.
- That which is narrated.
- A representation of an event or story.
2014 October 21, Oliver Brown, “Oscar Pistorius jailed for five years – sport afforded no protection against his tragic fallibilities: Bladerunner's punishment for killing Reeva Steenkamp is but a frippery when set against the burden that her bereft parents, June and Barry, must carry [print version: No room for sentimentality in this tragedy, 13 September 2014, p. S22]”, in The Daily Telegraph (Sport):
- Yes, there were instances of grandstanding and obsessive behaviour, but many were concealed at the time to help protect an aggressively peddled narrative of [Oscar] Pistorius the paragon, the emblem, the trailblazer.
(Can we add an example for this sense?)
systematic recitation of an event
which is narrated
narrative f sg
narrative f pl