Entertainment / Literature / Dialogue: The lines spoken by a character or characters in a play, essay, story, or novel, especially a conversation between two characters, or a literary work that takes the form of such a discussion (e.g., Plato's Republic). Bad dialogue is pointless. Good dialogue either provides characterization or advances the plot. In plays, dialogue often includes within it hints akin to stage directions. For instance, if one character asks, 'Why are you hitting me?' the reader can assume that on stage another character is striking the speaker. Noticing such details is particularly important in classical drama and in Shakespeare's plays since explicit stage directions are often missing.

Other Words for Dialogue

Dialogue Noun Synonyms: duologue, conversation, discussion, conference, talk, chat, colloquy, communication

Socratic Dialogue

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Automatic Dialogue Replacement (ADR)

Technology / Television (TV) / Automatic Dialogue Replacement (ADR): The replacement of lines of dialogue during post-production. Also known as looping. MORE


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