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Jan 28, 2009
This week's theme
Latin terms in English

This week's words
ex libris
in medias res
dramatis personae
lares and penates
ex parte

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dramatis personae

PRONUNCIATION:
(DRAM-uh-tis puhr-SO-nee)

MEANING:
noun:
1. The characters in a play or story.
2. The people involved in an event.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin dramatis personae (persons of the drama), from drama (play) + persona (mask, character in a play, person).

USAGE:
"The same scene would replay itself again in 2008 with a slight change in the dramatis personae."
Kofi Amenyo; Can the NPP Ever Elect A Non-Twi Speaker; Ghana News; Jan 12, 2009.

See more usage examples of dramatis personae in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
The artist brings something into the world that didn't exist before, and he does it without destroying something else. -John Updike, writer (1932-2009)

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