dra·​mat·​ic | \ drə-ˈma-tik How to pronounce dramatic (audio) \

Definition of dramatic

1 literature : of or relating to the drama a dramatic actor
2a : suitable to or characteristic of the drama a dramatic story a dramatic attempt to escape a dramatic comeback
b : striking in appearance or effect a dramatic pause
3 of an opera singer : having a powerful voice and a declamatory style — compare lyric

Other Words from dramatic

dramatically \ drə-​ˈma-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce dramatic (audio) \ adverb

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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

Examples of dramatic in a Sentence

His parents noticed a dramatic change in his behavior. There was a dramatic increase in prices. The book tells the dramatic story of her battle with cancer. She made a dramatic entrance wearing a bright red dress. There was a dramatic pause before his big announcement. The painter used dramatic colors. They are members of the local dramatic society. See More
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First Known Use of dramatic

1589, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dramatic

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10 Aug 2022

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“Dramatic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dramatic. Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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dra·​mat·​ic | \ drə-ˈma-tik How to pronounce dramatic (audio) \

Kids Definition of dramatic

1 : having to do with drama a dramatic actor
2 : attracting attention He made a dramatic entrance.
3 : sudden and extreme a dramatic change

Other Words from dramatic

dramatically \ -​ti-​kə-​lē \ adverb

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