dra·​mat·​ics | \ drə-ˈma-tiks How to pronounce dramatics (audio) \

Definition of dramatics

1 : the study or practice of theatrical arts (such as acting and stagecraft)
2 : dramatic behavior or expression

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Examples of dramatics in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In every major sports town, stars come and go over money, roles, assorted dramatics. Matt Porter, BostonGlobe.com, "The next to wear the “C” for Bruins: Patrice Bergeron the A+ choice," 2 Jan. 2021 Kelly scored on a cross-under layup off a feed from Bradley to trim USF’s lead to one with 15 seconds to go, setting up Foreman’s dramatics. Staff And News Services, SFChronicle.com, "Cal men stun USF on Makale Foreman’s buzzer-beating 3," 13 Dec. 2020 This scene—which comes less than five minutes after the horrifying dramatics of the show’s opening segment—is the first indicator that this series has something more on its mind than heroics and high principles. Dorothy Rabinowitz, WSJ, "‘Total Control’ Review: A Struggle Down Under," 10 Dec. 2020 All the dramatics were set in place after the Seahawks got a safety and then a 41-yard field goal by Jason Myers with 2:19 left in regulation to increase their lead to 28-21. Bob Mcmanaman, The Arizona Republic, "Mental errors prove costly in Cardinals' loss to Seahawks," 21 Nov. 2020 Gibson scored his second touchdown on a 5-yard run with 6:15 to play to set the stage for the late-game dramatics. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Why Matthew Stafford and Matt Prater were icy cool when Detroit Lions needed them most," 16 Nov. 2020 Elliott, racing in the final four for the first time in his career, has somewhat shielded himself from the dramatics of the season and focused only on his Hendrick Motorsports effort. Jenna Fryer, orlandosentinel.com, "Path to NASCAR title clear with Kevin Harvick out of the way," 6 Nov. 2020 Of course, to defy the ordinary, makeup is a vital part of the equation, and who better than fellow wunderkind Sam Visser to fulfill the above-neck dramatics. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "All Dolled Up: Bryce Anderson Transforms Into a Madcap Mannequin for Halloween," 30 Oct. 2020 Where other mainstream pop artists brought professional polish to their colorful dramatics, Panic! Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "The Audacity of Panic! at the Disco’s Debut Album," 30 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of dramatics

1796, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Dramatics.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dramatics. Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of dramatics

: behavior that is very emotional in a way that does not seem sincere : exaggerated behavior
: the study or practice of acting in or producing plays

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