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

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for dramatic


histrionic, melodramatic, operatic, stagy (or stagey), theatrical (also theatric)



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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.
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The actual jacket handout is going to make for a dramatic episode, that's for sure. Martha Sorren, Woman's Day, "Why The Abby Lee Miller 'Dance Moms' Jackets Are Such A Big Deal," 14 Aug. 2019 Chris Harrison Voice* Is this the most dramatic moment on the Bachelor yet? Marie Claire, "Gigi Hadid and Tyler Cameron Finally Photographed Together Together," 14 Aug. 2019 Blake Horstmann released private text messages between himself and Caelynn Miller-Keyes following a dramatic episode of Bachelor in Paradise Dean Unglert is standing by his girlfriend. Jodi Guglielmi, PEOPLE.com, "BiP's Dean Unglert Accuses Blake Horstmann of 'Slut-Shaming' Caelynn Miller-Keyes with Texts," 8 Aug. 2019 One of the first dramatic moments occurs after Emma directs you to see if different modules on the station are still functional. Washington Post, "‘Observation’: A brilliant science fiction game that puts the player in an unfamiliar situation," 7 Aug. 2019 The anchors were like boxing analysts kind of disappointed that a fighter had not drawn blood, concerned about the paucity of dramatic moments. Troy Patterson, The New Yorker, "In Search of a “Viral Moment” at the Robert Mueller Hearings," 25 July 2019 One of the most dramatic moments came during Scott Carpenter’s May 1962 mission as the second American to orbit the earth. Time, "Chris Kraft, NASA's First Flight Director, Dies at 95," 23 July 2019 One of the most dramatic moments came during Scott Carpenter’s May 1962 mission as the second American to orbit the earth. Seth Borenstein, The Denver Post, "Chris Kraft dies: 1st flight director for NASA was 95," 22 July 2019 Just being around Streep inspired the other actors to up their game, and Kelley gave the performers rich dramatic moments to play. Hal Boedeker, orlandosentinel.com, "‘Big Little Lies’: Meryl Streep dazzled to the end," 22 July 2019

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First Known Use of dramatic

1589, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dramatic

see drama

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English Language Learners Definition of dramatic

: sudden and extreme
: greatly affecting people's emotions
: attracting attention : causing people to carefully listen, look, etc.


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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