Definition of tetralogy in English:



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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He quit after the first two, realizing he should have stuck with his original plan to watch the George Romero 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The play completes the tetralogy whose first three parts are the Henry VI plays.’
    • ‘Rabbit Remembered may have upset the symmetry of his great tetralogy but it in no way diminishes it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Dream doubling may also be understood in terms of reincarnation, explored in Mishima's brilliant tetralogy The Sea of Fertility.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Over the next three seasons, the other parts of the tetralogy will be given, each by a different set of performers.’
    • ‘His latest novel Fidelity is the first in a planned tetralogy based on the history of Brazil.’
    • ‘Mime also appears in the first opera of the tetralogy, Das Rheingold, rehearsals for which began last year.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘With a superb opening to the Ring Cycle under their belts, Scottish Opera moves on to the second part of the tetralogy.’
    1. 1.1A series of four ancient Greek dramas, three tragic and one a comedy featuring a chorus of satyrs, originally presented together.
      • ‘One tradition regarding the arrangement of Plato's texts is according to tetralogies.’
      • ‘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.’’
      • ‘The earliest copy of Plato's Tetralogies is dated about 1,200 years after Plato supposedly wrote the original.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 2Medicine
    A set of four related symptoms or abnormalities frequently occurring together.

    • ‘He had a condition called Fallot's tetralogy, which was discovered through a scan when Miss Merchant was 20 weeks pregnant.’
    • ‘Two of them had Fallot's tetralogy, which Cleland and his colleagues had never operated on before.’
    • ‘Fallot's tetralogy is a set of 4 congenital heart defects occurring together.’
    • ‘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.’