Definition of tetralogy in English:



  • 1A group of four related literary or operatic works.

    • ‘Though more straightforward than the other two films in the tetralogy, The Sun is still not for everyone - many will find the pacing excessively slow.’
    • ‘Of the tetralogy, I think Walküre is my least favourite.’
    • ‘Dove's version is a great way to bring a performance of Wagner's great tetralogy to a smaller city's theater, and I was glad to get to experience it.’
    • ‘After much critical success and acclaim, he publicly declared that he would fulfill his life's work and write his masterpiece - the epic Sea of Fertility tetralogy - and then he would die.’
    • ‘Over the next three seasons, the other parts of the tetralogy will be given, each by a different set of performers.’
    • ‘Adam Phillips starts his essay on the impossibilities of human desire by quoting Christopher Tietjens, the stoic hero of Ford Madox Ford's tetralogy, Parade's End.’
    • ‘His latest novel Fidelity is the first in a planned tetralogy based on the history of Brazil.’
    • ‘The play completes the tetralogy whose first three parts are the Henry VI plays.’
    • ‘He quit after the first two, realizing he should have stuck with his original plan to watch the George Romero tetralogy.’
    • ‘With a superb opening to the Ring Cycle under their belts, Scottish Opera moves on to the second part of the tetralogy.’
    • ‘Dove made this adaptation several years ago, for the use of smaller British touring opera companies, and it is the perfect solution for a smaller city's opera company that wants to produce Wagner's great tetralogy.’
    • ‘As an undergraduate in wartime Oxford he played Angelo in Measure for Measure and in 1951 excited Stratford audiences as Prince Hal and Henry V in the Shakespearian tetralogy.’
    • ‘It's probably been twenty years or more since I read L' Engle's ‘Time trilogy’ about the Murry family, and in that time L' Engle has written another book in the series, making it a tetralogy.’
    • ‘You could do worse than listening to the broadcasts of the complete cycle of Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen, as I did this past Saturday, with the first opera of the tetralogy, Das Rheingold.’
    • ‘Mime also appears in the first opera of the tetralogy, Das Rheingold, rehearsals for which began last year.’
    • ‘Rabbit Remembered may have upset the symmetry of his great tetralogy but it in no way diminishes it.’
    • ‘Dream doubling may also be understood in terms of reincarnation, explored in Mishima's brilliant tetralogy The Sea of Fertility.’
    • ‘The significance of Owenson's invocation of Shakespeare's second history tetralogy is great not only for its probable influence on Scott - as well as writers such as Edgeworth and Trollope.’
    • ‘It is part of a larger cycle of history plays known as the major tetralogy (Richard II, Henry IV, Parts 1 & 2, and Henry V).’
    • ‘Its success led to the even longer and more expensive The Jewel in the Crown, adapted from Paul Scott's tetralogy about the Indian Raj.’
    1. 1.1 A series of four ancient Greek dramas, three tragic and one a comedy featuring a chorus of satyrs, originally presented together.
      • ‘The earliest copy of Plato's Tetralogies is dated about 1,200 years after Plato supposedly wrote the original.’
      • ‘One tradition regarding the arrangement of Plato's texts is according to tetralogies.’
      • ‘Many of Aeschylus' productions were connected ‘tetralogies’, comprising three tragedies presenting successive episodes of a single story (a ‘trilogy’) followed by a satyr-play based on part of the same or a related myth.’
      • ‘Whereas in the first tetralogy women are granted considerable power as warriors and politicians, in the second tetralogy there are ‘fewer female characters; they have less time on stage and less to say when they get there.’’
  • 2Medicine
    A set of four related symptoms or abnormalities frequently occurring together.

    • ‘Two of them had Fallot's tetralogy, which Cleland and his colleagues had never operated on before.’
    • ‘The various operations performed on these patients were corrective operations for cyanotic heart disease such as tetralogy of Fallot, tricuspid atresia, pulmonary atresia and transposition of great vessels.’
    • ‘He had a condition called Fallot's tetralogy, which was discovered through a scan when Miss Merchant was 20 weeks pregnant.’
    • ‘Fallot's tetralogy is a set of 4 congenital heart defects occurring together.’