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[druh-mat-iks] /drəˈmæt ɪks/
(used with a singular or plural verb) the art of producing or acting dramas.
(used with a plural verb) dramatic productions, especially by amateurs.
(used with a plural verb) dramatic, overly emotional, or insincere behavior:
His friends are tired of all his phony dramatics.
Origin of dramatics
First recorded in 1675-85; See origin at dramatic, -ics Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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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


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