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dramatics

[druh-mat-iks] /drəˈmæt ɪks/
noun
1.
(used with a singular or plural verb) the art of producing or acting dramas.
2.
(used with a plural verb) dramatic productions, especially by amateurs.
3.
(used with a plural verb) dramatic, overly emotional, or insincere behavior:
His friends are tired of all his phony dramatics.
Origin of dramatics
1675-1685
First recorded in 1675-85; See origin at dramatic, -ics
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  • There was no anger, no attempt at dramatics, in Hartnett's voice.

  • And she's given me the tip, with her dramatics up there on the platform, and the way they answered.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
  • Just then Miss Williams, the dramatics instructor, hurried in.

    Janet Hardy in Hollywood

    Ruthe S. Wheeler
  • Johnny told him in as few words as possible and with no dramatics at all, just how it was done.

    The Shadow Passes Roy J. Snell
  • Well—and now the question is, will you take the part of the Nurse or not in the dramatics?

    Annie Kilburn William Dean Howells
  • I don't think she's ever felt just right about that evening of the dramatics, don't you know.

    Annie Kilburn William Dean Howells
  • "Forget about the dramatics, General," said Cameron in disgust.

    Accidental Flight Floyd L. Wallace
  • "I really don't see the use of all these dramatics," Bruce said coldly.

    The Strength of the Pines

    Edison Marshall
British Dictionary definitions for dramatics

dramatics

/drəˈmætɪks/
noun
1.
(functioning as singular or pl)
  1. the art of acting or producing plays
  2. dramatic productions
2.
(usually functioning as pl) histrionic behaviour
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