adjective dra·mat·ic \drə-ˈma-tik\

: sudden and extreme

: greatly affecting people's emotions

: attracting attention : causing people to carefully listen, look, etc.

Full Definition of DRAMATIC

:  of or relating to the drama <a dramatic actor>
a :  suitable to or characteristic of the drama <a dramatic attempt to escape>
b :  striking in appearance or effect <a dramatic pause>
of an opera singer :  having a powerful voice and a declamatory style — compare lyric
dra·mat·i·cal·ly \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of DRAMATIC

  1. His parents noticed a dramatic change in his behavior.
  2. There was a dramatic increase in prices.
  3. The book tells the dramatic story of her battle with cancer.
  4. She made a dramatic entrance wearing a bright red dress.
  5. There was a dramatic pause before his big announcement.
  6. The painter used dramatic colors.
  7. They are members of the local dramatic society.

First Known Use of DRAMATIC


Synonym Discussion of DRAMATIC

dramatic, theatrical, histrionic, melodramatic mean having a character or an effect like that of acted plays. dramatic applies to situations in life and literature that stir the imagination and emotions deeply <a dramatic meeting of world leaders>. theatrical implies a crude appeal through artificiality or exaggeration in gesture or vocal expression <a theatrical oration>. histrionic applies to tones, gestures, and motions and suggests a deliberate affectation or staginess <a histrionic show of grief>. melodramatic suggests an exaggerated emotionalism or an inappropriate theatricalism <made a melodramatic plea>.

Other Literature Terms

apophasis, bathos, bildungsroman, bowdlerize, caesura, coda, doggerel, euphemism, poesy, prosody
DRAMATIC Defined for Kids


adjective dra·mat·ic \drə-ˈma-tik\

Definition of DRAMATIC for Kids

:  having to do with drama <a dramatic actor>
:  attracting attention <He made a dramatic entrance.>
:  sudden and extreme <a dramatic change>
dra·mat·i·cal·ly \-ti-kə-lē\ adverb


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