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Below you will find the definition of pantomime, followed by 36 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(verb) - act out without words but with gestures and bodily movements only
EXAMPLES - Pantomime in a Sentence
- ... it takes more drawing to tell a story in pantomime. (source)
- While on the same page, he looked up the definition of pantomime. (source)
- _moresca_ resembled the modern ballet; that is, a pantomime dance. (source)
- Their pantomime is ruthless and restive, always craving more but instantly jaded. (source)
- Mickie the fun, and when he was let into it the pantomime was the more extravagant. (source)
- He was, in fact, a natural and involuntary pantomimist; and pantomime is picture-action. (source)
- "My folks!" he explained to her in pantomime, the suspicion of a complacent twinkle in his eye. (source)
- Manchester United run an annual pantomime, which is written by and stars the club's youth players. (source)
- A scholarly edition of the Obi pantomime is forthcoming from Romantic Circles, edited by Jeffrey N. Cox. (source)
- What they most admire in a pantomime is the oldest part of it, the only true pantomime -- the harlequinade! (source)
- And John James and JJ - who dubbed their pantomime stallion JJ Lightning - won a show jumping race this morning. (source)
- She will return this year in the same role in the Empire's pantomime, which is also being produced by First Family Entertainment. (source)
- For what we make out of most of the impressions that come to us from the invisible world is a kind of pantomime played out in revery. (source)
- I'm hearing it's this, and so it created this ridiculous kind of pantomime that went on for a week, not necessarily Senator Obama's fault. (source)
- The farce, termed ballet, was a kind of pantomime, the childish incidents of which were sufficient to show the state of the dramatic art in (source)
- In certain ways, it was always clear that this story was a kind of pantomime, pulsing with the economic and social anxieties that produced it. (source)
- He doesn't know what I mean, and after I pantomime how one does the drug and shout SMOKE COCAINE, he says, and somberly, I know where to take you. (source)
- I will spare you the details of the pantomime, which is very graphic, and will merely mention that the bouncing infant squalls like a newborn babe. (source)
- I twist to see my son act out an aquatic pantomime of agitation, eyes bulging behind his mask, a finger stabbing down through the seawater to point at ... (source)
- Crisp described the protest as a peaceful gesture of a "pantomime" nature, and said in a civilised democracy such actions should attract minimal penalties. (source)
- Teaching them to "pantomime" the sounds -- representing them mutely by movement of the lips, tongue and palate, will aid them in silent study at their seats. (source)
- She sat down and rolled about shouting and screeching, hardly able to tell Mickie the fun, and when he was let into it the pantomime was the more extravagant. (source)
- They tried also to comfort her by saying in pantomime that some day her godmother might send them to bear her home again, and lift the enchantment that bound her. (source)
- He called to them to come back, and one boy lagged behind reluctantly, his meagre little frame portraying in pantomime the struggle within him between fear and reason. (source)
- Attorney Geraldine Lesieur dismissed the whole appeals process at world football's governing body as a "pantomime" and vowed to lodge a final appeal to Swiss civil courts. (source)
- But more trying than this antique garb is the demoniac mask of pantomime, which is as a diver's helmet ill provided with appliances for admitting air or permitting outlook. (source)
- Temarii's attorney, Geraldine Lesieur, dismissed the whole appeals process at world football's governing body as a "pantomime" and vowed to lodge a final appeal to Swiss civil courts. (source)
- We cannot better compare the language of animals than with what takes place in a pleasant sport, a kind of pantomime of the voice or language which many youth doubtless understand, and which (source)
- "A 'pantomime' in Ancient Greece was originally a group who 'imitates all' (panto -- all, mimos - imitator)   accompanied by sung narrative and instrumental music, often played on the flute." - wikipedia (source)
- Tell me why a man is to be hunted out of his comfortable chair after a well-earned dinner, to go and sit in a hot theatre and a thorough draught, yawning at the miserable drivel managers choose to call a pantomime? (source)
- Quite why the Taxpayer is having to fork out hand over fist for what is becoming not so much an inquest as a pantomime will be a question for later when the final size of the whopping bill for all this nonsense is met. (source)
- Yet after that brief spurt of notoriety, the band's chart success seemed to dry out faster than the Deputy PM's trousers; hence the shift towards pantomime, which is often seen to be the last resort of a flagging career. (source)
- Davies says: "To retrieve the credit of his theatre, Rich created a species of dramatic composition, unknown to this, and I believe to any other country, which he called a pantomime; it consisted of two parts -- one serious, and the other comic. (source)
- But to differentiate the actor's part from the work of the playwright, I shall arbitrarily call every action which is as indivisible from acting as facial play, "pantomime"; while I shall employ the word "business" to express the use of movement by the playwright for the purpose of condensing large parts of the story and telling it wordlessly. (source)
- I'll never forget sneaking out of Lucknow with T.H. Kavanaugh during the siege; * (* See Flashman in the Great Game.) he was a great Irish murphy without sense or a word of H.ndi, figged out like the worst kind of pantomime pasha with the lamp-black fairly running off his fat red cheeks, and cursing in Tipperary the whole way - and not a mutineer gave him a second look, hardly. (source)
- * She seemed, however, to be taking her misery philosophically, when I went over to see her this morning, and has gone into town this evening to console herself by seeing the ballad of the "Mistletoe Bough," acted in pantomime, by a parcel of very pretty girls, who are to gesticulate and attitudinize through the whole, while the ballad is sung or declaimed by somebody, after the fashion of the Greek chorus. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 36 example sentences provided below is 53.0, which suggests that "pantomime" is a fairly difficult word that is likely understood by a majority of individuals with an undergraduate degree, and may be found in ocassionaly in news articles or other forms of literature.
We have 34 synonyms for pantomime.
assuming, characterization, depiction, dramatics, dramatizing, enacting, enactment, feigning, hamming, histrionics, imitating, imitation, impersonation, improvisation, mime, mimicry, performance, play acting, playing, portrayal, portraying, posing, posturing, pretending, pretense, putting, rendition, seeming, showing off, simulating, stagecraft, stooging, theatre, theatricals
We have 3 antonyms for pantomime.
honesty, reality, truth
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of pantomime from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (noun) Communication by means of gesture and facial expression: Some tourists make themselves understood abroad by pantomime.
- (noun) The telling of a story without words, by means of bodily movements, gestures, and facial expressions.
- (noun) A play, dance, or other theatrical performance characterized by such wordless storytelling.
- (noun) An ancient Roman theatrical performance in which one actor played all the parts by means of gesture and movement, accompanied by a narrative chorus.
- (noun) A player in such a performance.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (verb) To gesture without speaking.
- (verb) To entertain others by silent gestures or actions.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (noun) A universal mimic; an actor who assumes many parts; also, any actor.
- (noun) One who acts his part by gesticulation or dumb show only, without speaking; a pantomimist; a mime.
- (noun) A dramatic representation by actors who use only dumb show; a depiction of an event, narrative, or situation using only gestures and bodily movements, without speaking; hence, dumb show, generally.
- (noun) A dramatic and spectacular entertainment of which dumb acting as well as burlesque dialogue, music, and dancing by Clown, Harlequin, etc., are features.
- (adjective) Representing only in mute actions; pantomimic.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (noun) One who expresses his meaning by action without words; a player who employs only action—mimicry, gestures, movements, and posturing—in presenting his part.
- (noun) under the Roman empire, a kind of spectacular play resembling the modern “ballet of action,” in which the functions of the actor were confined to gesticulation and dancing, the accompanying text being sung by a chorus; in modern times, any play to plot of which is expressed by mute gestures, with little or no dialogue; hence, expression of anything by gesture alone: as, he made know his wants in pantomime.
- (noun) A popular theatrical entertainment of which many are produced in Great Britain about the Christmas season, usually consisting of two parts, the first or burlesque being founded on some popular fable, the effects being heightened by gorgeous scenery and catching music, and the second, or harlequinade, consisting almost wholly of the tricks of the clown and pantaloon and the dancing of harlequin and columbine.
- (None) Representing only in mute action.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (verb) act out without words but with gestures and bodily movements only
- (noun) a performance using gestures and body movements without words