narrative narrative  /ˈnæ rə tɪv/


  1. (n) a message that tells the particulars of an act or occurrence or course of events; presented in writing or drama or cinema or as a radio or television program
  2. (adj) consisting of or characterized by the telling of a story



  1. This perfectly matches a narrative that encompasses sadistic brutality, wild humor and, yes, a tragic vision of war and its consequences.
  2. Journalists who have resolved to tell the news through the actions, characters and motives of people have committed themselves to dealing in narrative.
  3. The story helped build a media narrative that the Vice President was a serial exaggerator.


  1. An L.A. antiwar protest whose reverberations were felt nationwide

    On June 23, 1967, the city was rocked by a violent police response to a peaceful demonstration against the Vietnam War. It was also a major moment in a columnist's family narrative. "On the night of June 23, 1967, the meaning of 'police brutality' took on an electrifying reality for thousands of respectable middle-class residents of Los Angeles who participated in a peaceful anti-Vietnam ...
    on June 23, 2013     Source: Los Angeles Times

  2. Ostrow: "Whodunnit?" reality TV murder-mystery game debuts on ABC

    Just when the reality-TV format was getting stale, along comes the latest infusion of surreality. Or do we call it fiction? "Whodunnit?" a nine-episode summer oddity, bears scrutiny as a reworking of the genre. The concept marries reality TV to the murder-mystery party game, edits the whole mess into a narrative and invites viewers to play along.
    on June 23, 2013     Source: Denver Post

  3. An abstract narrative pops up on Wall Street

    Michael Kozlowski's "Carousel" will be on display in "Abstract Narrative." Photo: Contributed Photo Kristina Zallinger's "Flash in the Pan" will be on display in "Abstract Narrative."
    on June 20, 2013     Source: The Norwalk Citizen


  1. Writing for the majority, Justice Antonin Scalia said that an individual right to bear arms is supported by "the historical narrative" both before and after the Second Amendment was adopted.
    on Jun 26, 2008 By: Antonin Scalia Source: International Herald Tribune

  2. Hayden told reporters afterward that he had "a chance to lay out the narrative, the history of why the tapes were destroyed" and the process that led to that decision.
    on Dec 11, 2007 By: Michael Hayden Source: USA Today

  3. "Accompanying the numerical projections will be a discussion - a projections narrative if you will - that summarizes participants' views of the major forces shaping the outlook, discusses the sources of risk to that outlook and describes the...
    on Nov 14, 2007 By: Ben Bernanke Source: CBS News

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