Definition of dramatic in US English:

dramatic

adjective

  • 1attributive Relating to drama or the performance or study of drama.

    ‘the dramatic arts’
    ‘a dramatic society’
    • ‘Something like this is a dream come true for any amateur dramatic society.’
    • ‘Instead, pop culture, European legends and dramatic arts are clearly traceable.’
    • ‘The development of lianpu is closely related to that of Chinese dramatic art.’
    • ‘He grades the comic and the dramatic to get to the idea that art is a way of life, thinking, or a psychic condition.’
    • ‘A structure in which dramatic or ceremonial performances could be staged in front of an audience.’
    • ‘The local dramatic society will provide street entertainment in various guises.’
    • ‘No studies have assessed the impact of the dramatic society on the lives of its participants.’
    • ‘Will you take part in some amateur dramatic or operatic society's play or opera?’
    • ‘As a student, I did a fair amount of acting with the university dramatic society.’
    • ‘How many people of working age, for instance, now join amateur dramatic societies, or sign up to be Girl Guide leaders?’
    • ‘Set up in 1893, the dramatic society claims to be the oldest independent one in the country.’
    • ‘To your average punter, dance is to the dramatic arts what free jazz is to the musical.’
    • ‘He did his dramatic training at Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art, London.’
    • ‘Puccini's powerful lyricism and dramatic timing were beautifully captured by the company.’
    • ‘An energetic round of theatre visits kept her in touch with the latest in dramatic writing and performance.’
    • ‘Roderick Harris Royal College of Art graduate whose dramatic paintings are darkly humorous.’
    • ‘And members of local amateur dramatic societies will be dressing up as characters from the film.’
    • ‘It's a good choice for an amateur dramatic society as it places minimal strain on the actors.’
    • ‘She saw Hilary's dramatic potential and trained her to perform as a voiceless clown.’
    • ‘He has a good eye for the dramatic or touching vignette and is a superb storyteller.’
  • 2(of an event or circumstance) sudden and striking.

    ‘a dramatic increase in recorded crime’
    • ‘The dramatic events were caught on camcorder by an Evening Press reader, and featured on our front page yesterday.’
    • ‘Despite signs of economic recovery, there's slim hope of a dramatic turnaround this year.’
    • ‘But when the market was reopened a dramatic transformation started to develop.’
    • ‘The human capacity to adapt to dramatic changes in life circumstances is impressive.’
    • ‘The news comes after dramatic increases in the money spent on road calming measures over the last few years.’
    • ‘It uses locally collected artefacts, and pictures of the dramatic events of 1940, to tell its story.’
    • ‘We usually prefer gradual and mild change to sudden and dramatic change.’
    • ‘Over the past 10 to 15 years, there have been some dramatic shifts in Western societies.’
    • ‘But if he does come back, it will be a very dramatic event for the Red Sox and their fans.’
    • ‘This study encountered no evidence of such sudden dramatic transformation.’
    • ‘In the midst of these dramatic circumstances Che returned to the camp on March 20.’
    • ‘The fall of the Berlin Wall was the most dramatic event of the political revolution.’
    • ‘The police will be making a press conference about today's dramatic events at 7pm tonight.’
    • ‘It comes on top of an expected 500m euro shortfall in tax returns and a dramatic downturn in the economy.’
    • ‘Now everything is geared up for a dramatic conclusion this Sunday as the sport's top riders race to the wire in search of title glory.’
    • ‘And in one of the most dramatic shifts our society has seen, two-thirds of all moms also work outside the home.’
    • ‘Maybe because of the dramatic drop in the demand for his portraits, his art underwent a transformation.’
    • ‘This is especially so as there does not seem to have been a dramatic increase in the incidence of such families.’
    • ‘Now this, I have to say, constitutes a hugely dramatic change in circumstances.’
    • ‘Earlier, in a dramatic outburst, he claimed he was not getting a fair hearing after being refused permission to call a witness.’
    considerable, substantial, sizeable, goodly, fair, reasonable, tidy, marked, pronounced
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    1. 2.1 Exciting or impressive.
      ‘he recalled his dramatic escape from the building’
      ‘dramatic mountain peaks’
      • ‘There is little in the realms of fashion more exciting than making a dramatic gesture in the simplest manner.’
      • ‘Book now for the opportunity to take in this dramatic and entertaining performance.’
      • ‘Your popularity and fortune will soar if you make a dramatic impression.’
      • ‘The most dramatic escape was that of the submarine Orze, which had initially been interned in neutral Estonia.’
      • ‘The discussions which followed the show were often more dramatic than the performance.’
      • ‘The lads again pulled out a dramatic victory in a match full of drama and excitement.’
      • ‘It has the most imposing peaks, the most dramatic glaciers, the most spine-tingling views.’
      • ‘Giant fireballs and trails of fire accompany the performers in the energetic and dramatic display.’
      • ‘And true to this, you are able to snipe your target and make a dramatic escape afterwards.’
      • ‘Its energy is lively, startling and dramatic - often associated with breaking down or breaking out.’
      • ‘He will talk briefly on these too, with a backdrop of dramatic mountain scenery.’
      • ‘The red mountains make a dramatic back-drop and the sun scorches down relentlessly.’
      • ‘It was electrifying and dramatic and it gave me a thrilling shot of adrenaline.’
      • ‘It is hardly a dramatic sequence but a moving one, here superbly realised by Danish forces under Gerd Albrecht.’
      • ‘This final attempt to contain the leader is sometimes one of the most dramatic and exciting parts of the game.’
      • ‘The opening evokes the peace of the mountains just before a dramatic thunderstorm.’
      • ‘Both provide a dramatic setting for the art commissions of building elements, fittings and finishes’
      • ‘Its cities are colourful and animated, its mountains dramatic and its hills verdant and tranquil.’
      • ‘The Greek national soccer team was not the only team to shock odds makers with a dramatic championship victory.’
      • ‘Next month it is drama that will be at the forefront, as the channel throws open its schedule for a dramatic week of exciting programmes.’
      exciting, stirring, action-packed, sensational, spectacular, startling, unexpected, tense, suspenseful, rip-roaring, gripping, riveting, fascinating, thrilling, hair-raising, rousing, lively, animated, spirited, electrifying, impassioned, emotive, emotional, emotion-charged, moving, soul-stirring, powerful, heady
      striking, eye-catching, impressive, imposing, spectacular, breathtaking, dazzling, vivid, amazing, astounding, astonishing, surprising, staggering, stunning, sensational, awesome, awe-inspiring, remarkable, notable, noteworthy, distinctive, graphic, extraordinary, outstanding, incredible, phenomenal, unusual, rare, uncommon, out of the ordinary
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    2. 2.2 (of a person or their behavior) intending or intended to create an effect; theatrical.
      ‘with a dramatic gesture, she put a hand to her brow’
      • ‘If you are dramatic you have a gift for mimicking and feel the spirit of the situation.’
      • ‘He is as dramatic as they come and a delight for journalists looking for good copy.’
      • ‘Then I guess he was always a dramatic kid, he did a really impressive dyeing scene.’
      • ‘She was so dramatic, hunched over the sink like that, mascara dripping off the tip of her nose.’
      • ‘She is very dramatic as in all the roles she tackles, and I am sure that live onstage she is much more convincing.’
      • ‘His technique and his dramatic personality made him by far the greatest dancer I had seen at that time.’
      • ‘Extravagant designs that look theatrical, dramatic and poetic are given heavy emphasis.’
      • ‘Cavendish and her dramatic heroines alternately invite and reject the gaze of the other, of desire, and of the crowd.’
      • ‘I'm not dramatic about anything that happens to me in this game or within my life.’
      theatrical, stage, dramaturgical, thespian
      exaggerated, theatrical, ostentatious, actressy, stagy, showy, melodramatic, overacted, overdone, overripe, actorly, histrionic, affected, mannered, artificial, stilted, unreal, forced
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Origin

Late 16th century: via late Latin from Greek dramatikos, from drama, dramat- (see drama).

Pronunciation

dramatic

/drəˈmadik//drəˈmædɪk/