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 formsdra·mat·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·dra·mat·ic, adjectivenon·dra·mat·i·cal·ly, adverbo·ver·dra·mat·ic, adjectiveo·ver·dra·mat·i·cal·ly, adverbpre·dra·mat·ic, adjectivepseu·do·dra·mat·ic, adjectivepseu·do·dra·mat·i·cal·ly, adverbqua·si-dra·mat·ic, adjectivequa·si-dra·mat·i·cal·ly, adverbsem·i·dra·mat·ic, adjectivesem·i·dra·mat·i·cal·ly, adverbun·dra·mat·ic, adjective

Synonyms for dramatic

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Contemporary Examples of dramatic

Historical Examples of dramatic

  • 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


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


    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 Formsdramatically, 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.

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