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narrative

Overview

This page has 10 definitions of narrative in English, French, and Italian. Narrative is an adjective and noun. Examples of how to use narrative in a sentence are shown. Also define these 10 related words and terms: story, talkative, garrulous, narration, recitation, narrate, point of view, narratif, narrativo, and narrativa.

English

Etymology

Borrowed from Middle French narratif.

Pronunciation

Adjective

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

Translations

Noun

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 in a way to promote a certain point of view.
    changing, controlling the narrative
    • 2014 October 21, Oliver Brown, “Oscar Pistorius jailed for five years”, 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.
    • 2017 May 30, Francisco Navas, quoting Alexandra Bell, “'It feels important': the counter-narrative artist challenging how news is reported”, in The Guardian[2]:
      [Alexandra] Bell challenges the dominant coverage of Brown’s killing with the aim of introducing “a perspective and a narrative which is probably how a lot of people from these communities saw it go down”.
  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[3], 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

  • 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, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.

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French

Adjective

narrative

  1. feminine singular of narratif
    • Narratif definition
      narrative

Italian

Pronunciation

Adjective

narrative f pl

  1. feminine plural of narrativo
    • Narrativo definition
      narrative

Noun

narrative f pl

  1. plural of narrativa
    • Narrativa definition
      feminine singular of narratiu

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