Tetralogy
Tetralogy Te*tral"o*gy, n. [Gr. ?; te`tra- (see {Tetra-}) + ? a speech, discourse: cf. F. t['e]tralogie.] (Gr. Drama) A group or series of four dramatic pieces, three tragedies and one satyric, or comic, piece (or sometimes four tragedies), represented consequently on the Attic stage at the Dionysiac festival. [1913 Webster]

Note: A group or series of three tragedies, exhibited together without a fourth piese, was called a trilogy. [1913 Webster]


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  • tetralogy — [tɪ tralədʒi] noun (plural tetralogies) 1》 a group of four related literary or operatic works.     ↘a series of four ancient Greek dramas, three tragic and one satyric, originally presented together. 2》 Medicine a set of four related symptoms… …   English new terms dictionary

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