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[druh-mat-ik] /drəˈmæt ɪk/
of or relating to the drama.
employing the form or manner of the drama.
characteristic of or appropriate to the drama, especially in involving conflict or contrast; vivid; moving:
dramatic colors; a dramatic speech.
highly effective; striking:
The silence following his impassioned speech was dramatic.
Origin of dramatic
1580-90; < Late Latin drāmaticus < Greek drāmatikós, equivalent to drāmat- (stem of drâma) drama + -ikos -ic
Related forms
dramatically, adverb
nondramatic, adjective
nondramatically, adverb
overdramatic, adjective
overdramatically, adverb
predramatic, adjective
pseudodramatic, adjective
pseudodramatically, adverb
quasi-dramatic, adjective
quasi-dramatically, adverb
semidramatic, adjective
semidramatically, adverb
undramatic, adjective
1. theatrical. 4. startling, sensational. Unabridged
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  • The circumstances were painful, but added a dramatic touch to the scene.

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
  • But his methods are not possessed in the main of dramatic respectability.

    The Dramatic Values in Plautus Wilton Wallace Blancke
  • The drama was cultivated by the Incas, and dramatic performances were enacted before them.

    Apu Ollantay Anonymous
  • The laws of the time gave no protection to musical and dramatic copyright.

    Handel Edward J. Dent
  • As if in dramatic accord with his words, the bells jangled loudly at the gate.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
British Dictionary definitions for dramatic


of or relating to drama
like a drama in suddenness, emotional impact, etc
striking; effective
acting or performed in a flamboyant way
(music) (of a voice) powerful and marked by histrionic quality
Derived Forms
dramatically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for dramatic

1580s, from Late Latin dramaticus, from Greek dramatikos "pertaining to plays," from drama (genitive dramatos; see drama). Meaning "full of action and striking display, fit for a drama" is from 1725. Dramatic irony is recorded from 1907. Related: Dramatical; dramatically.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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