dramatic

[druh-mat-ik]

adjective

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.

Nearby words

  1. drama,
  2. drama queen,
  3. drama therapy,
  4. dramady,
  5. dramamine,
  6. dramatic irony,
  7. dramatic monologue,
  8. dramatic unities,
  9. dramatics,
  10. dramatis personae

Origin of dramatic

1580–90; < Late Latin drāmaticus < Greek drāmatikós, equivalent to drāmat- (stem of drâma) drama + -ikos -ic

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British Dictionary definitions for dramatic

dramatic

adjective

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

dramatic

adj.

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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