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 comebackb : striking in appearance or effect a dramatic pause
dramaticallyplay \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
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.
Recent Examples of dramatic from the Web
A dramatic departure would open the door for China to take the lead in global climate reform The advances have created a clear economic loser.
Yet much remains uncertain about how a dramatic shift in federal policy would affect state and local initiatives — particularly if Congress slashes funding for them, as Trump wants.
The dramatic noose is further tightened by sins of the past biting harder at the Underwoods’ heels.
Brownback vetoed the bill in a public ceremony, a dramatic and unusual step.
Scientists were surprised how dramatic those changes were.
Among the most dramatic findings are the Earth-sized, swirling storms covering both poles.
Meanwhile, Adam Gase was OK with a rule change that would have wiped away the Dolphins’ most dramatic win in years.
Programs that would see dramatic cuts include Medicaid, food stamps, disability benefits, welfare and student loans.
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Origin and Etymology of dramatic
First Known Use: 1589
Synonym Discussion of dramatic
DRAMATIC Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of dramatic for English Language Learners
: sudden and extreme
: greatly affecting people's emotions
: attracting attention : causing people to carefully listen, look, etc.
DRAMATIC Defined for Kids
Definition of dramatic for Students
1 : having to do with drama a dramatic actor
2 : attracting attention He made a dramatic entrance.
3 : sudden and extreme a dramatic change
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