Downstage vs Upstage what difference

what is difference between Downstage and Upstage

English

Etymology

down- +‎ stage

Pronunciation

  • Rhymes: -eɪdʒ

Adverb

downstage (comparative more downstage, superlative most downstage)

  1. Toward or at the front of a theatrical stage.
  2. Towards a motion-picture or television camera.

Adjective

downstage (comparative more downstage, superlative most downstage)

  1. At the front of a stage.

Noun

downstage (uncountable)

  1. The part of a stage that is closest to the audience or camera.

Verb

downstage (third-person singular simple present downstages, present participle downstaging, simple past and past participle downstaged)

  1. (medicine, transitive) To restage downward; to restage (a case of a disease, usually a cancer) to a lower stage than that found at last assessment (compare upstage).

See also

  • center stage
  • upstage
  • stage left
  • stage right


English

Etymology

up- +‎ stage. The figurative uses “haughty” and “to draw attention away” derive from actors moving to a higher and thus more visible position on a sloped stage.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ʌpˈsteɪd͡ʒ/
  • Rhymes: -eɪdʒ

Noun

upstage (uncountable)

  1. (theater) The part of a stage that is farthest from the audience or camera.
    Coordinate terms: center stage, downstage, stage left, stage right

Adverb

upstage (comparative more upstage, superlative most upstage)

  1. Toward or at the rear of a theatrical stage.
  2. Away from the audience or camera.

Adjective

upstage (comparative more upstage, superlative most upstage)

  1. At the rear of a stage.
  2. (figuratively, obsolete) Haughty, aloof.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:arrogant

Verb

upstage (third-person singular simple present upstages, present participle upstaging, simple past and past participle upstaged)

  1. (figuratively, transitive) To draw attention away from others, especially on-stage.
    Synonyms: eclipse, overshadow
  2. (transitive, theater) To force other actors to face away from the audience by staying upstage.
  3. (transitive, by extension) To treat snobbishly.
  4. (medicine, transitive) To restage upward; to restage (a case of a disease, usually a cancer) to a higher stage than that found at last assessment.
    Antonym: downstage

Translations

Further reading

  • rake (theatre) on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • “upstage”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–present.

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