narrative

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Middle French narratif.

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Adjective[edit]

narrative (comparative more narrative, superlative most narrative)

  1. Telling a story.
  2. Overly talkative; garrulous.
  3. Of or relating to narration.
    the narrative thrust of a film

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Noun[edit]

narrative (countable and uncountable, plural narratives)

  1. The systematic recitation of an event or series of events.
  2. That which is narrated.
  3. 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)[1]:
      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.
  4. (creative writing) A manner of conveying a story, fictional or otherwise, in a body of work.
    The plot is full of holes, but the narrative is extremely compelling.
    • 2015, Angus Slater, “Prophecy, Pre-destination, and Free-form Gameplay: The Nerevarine Prophecy in Bethesda’s ‘Morrowind’”, in Online: Heidelberg Journal of Religions on the Internet[2], volume 7, DOI:10.11588/rel.2015.0.18512, page 175:
      The player is free to create their own narrative within a much larger set of possible designed narrative options, or, given the geographic and dialogical openness of Morrowind, to refuse the creation of any narrative but their own and wander aimlessly through the game.

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References[edit]

  • narrative at OneLook Dictionary Search
  • narrative in Keywords for Today: A 21st Century Vocabulary, edited by The Keywords Project, Colin MacCabe, Holly Yanacek, 2018.
  • narrative in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911.

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French[edit]

Adjective[edit]

narrative

  1. feminine singular of narratif

Italian[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /narraˈtive/, [nar.raˈt̪iː.ve]

Adjective[edit]

narrative f pl

  1. Feminine plural of adjective narrativo.

Noun[edit]

narrative f pl

  1. plural of narrativa

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