[ druh-mat-ik ]
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  1. of or relating to the drama.

  2. employing the form or manner of the drama.

  1. characteristic of or appropriate to the drama, especially in involving conflict or contrast; vivid; moving: dramatic colors;a dramatic speech.

  2. highly effective; striking: The silence following his impassioned speech was dramatic.

Origin of dramatic

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

Other words for dramatic

Other words from dramatic

  • dra·mat·i·cal·ly, adverb
  • non·dra·mat·ic, adjective
  • o·ver·dra·mat·ic, adjective
  • pre·dra·mat·ic, adjective
  • pseu·do·dra·mat·ic, adjective
  • qua·si-dra·mat·ic, adjective
  • sem·i·dra·mat·ic, adjective
  • un·dra·mat·ic, adjective

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How to use dramatic in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for dramatic


/ (drəˈmætɪk) /

  1. of or relating to drama

  2. like a drama in suddenness, emotional impact, etc

  1. striking; effective

  2. acting or performed in a flamboyant way

  3. music (of a voice) powerful and marked by histrionic quality

Derived forms of dramatic

  • dramatically, adverb

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