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  1. of or relating to the drama.
  2. employing the form or manner of the drama.
  3. characteristic of or appropriate to the drama, especially in involving conflict or contrast; vivid; moving: dramatic colors; a dramatic speech.
  4. 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

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  1. of or relating to drama
  2. like a drama in suddenness, emotional impact, etc
  3. striking; effective
  4. acting or performed in a flamboyant way
  5. music (of a voice) powerful and marked by histrionic quality
Derived Formsdramatically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for dramatically



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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