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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Recent Examples on the Web Luckily dressing the part won’t require much fuss or high dramatics, since this year memorable movie style happened to be totally wearable. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "7 Shockingly Chic Movie Costume Ideas to Steal for Halloween," 18 Oct. 2019 At Goldsboro High School, a young dramatics teacher, Andy Griffith, the future actor and comedian, befriended Carl and urged him to pursue a theatrical career. Robert D. Mcfadden, New York Times, "Carl Kasell, NPR Newsman Who Discovered Laughs, Dies at 84," 17 Apr. 2018 Ellington's eighth 3-pointer then set up the closing minute-dramatics. Ira Winderman, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Heat go overtime for season-ending win over Raptors, No. 6 seed, matchup vs. 76ers," 12 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of dramatics

1796, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Dramatics.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dramatics. Accessed 24 January 2020.

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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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