Synonyms Word Origin 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
-ikos -ic Related forms dra·mat·i·cal·ly, adverb non·dra·mat·ic, adjective non·dra·mat·i·cal·ly, adverb o·ver·dra·mat·ic, adjective o·ver·dra·mat·i·cal·ly, adverb pre·dra·mat·ic, adjective pseu·do·dra·mat·ic, adjective pseu·do·dra·mat·i·cal·ly, adverb qua·si-dra·mat·ic, adjective qua·si-dra·mat·i·cal·ly, adverb sem·i·dra·mat·ic, adjective sem·i·dra·mat·i·cal·ly, adverb un·dra·mat·ic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for pseudo-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 Forms dramatically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for pseudo-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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