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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. 2017.
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  • The following list will suggest short plays suitable for informal classroom training in dramatics.

    Public Speaking Clarence Stratton
  • 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
  • The main feature of religion's work for recreation, however, consisted of the development of dramatics.

    Religion And Health James J. Walsh
  • 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
  • Just then Miss Williams, the dramatics instructor, hurried in.

    Janet Hardy in Hollywood Ruthe S. Wheeler
  • "I really don't see the use of all these dramatics," Bruce said coldly.

    The Strength of the Pines Edison Marshall
  • The dramatics instructor looked quizzically at Janet and Helen.

    Janet Hardy in Hollywood Ruthe S. Wheeler
  • Now it was for settlement work, now for dramatics, now for dancing.

    The Precipice Elia Wilkinson Peattie
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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