(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
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Related Words for dramatics

theater, theatre, drama, acting, histrionics, stage, dramaturgy

Examples from the Web for dramatics

Contemporary Examples of dramatics

Historical Examples of dramatics

  • There was no anger, no attempt at dramatics, in Hartnett's voice.

  • And she's given me the tip, with her dramatics up there on the platform, and the way they answered.

    The Prisoner

    Alice Brown

  • Just then Miss Williams, the dramatics instructor, hurried in.

    Janet Hardy in Hollywood

    Ruthe S. Wheeler

  • 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

  • Well—and now the question is, will you take the part of the Nurse or not in the dramatics?

    Annie Kilburn

    William Dean Howells

British Dictionary definitions for dramatics



(functioning as singular or plural)
  1. the art of acting or producing plays
  2. dramatic productions
(usually functioning as plural) histrionic behaviour
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