Definition of dramatically in US English:



  • 1In a way that relates to drama or the performance of drama.

    ‘they displayed their talents both musically and dramatically’
    sentence adverb ‘dramatically and technically the film falls far short’
    • ‘His portrayal of Hotspur here seemed a weaker, less dramatically effective character in comparison with the earlier play.’
    • ‘Unlike Warren, a great Carlo of the 50s, Tagliabue doesn't ennoble the role - either vocally or dramatically.’
    • ‘Morrison has a lovely voice and she's dramatically convincing as Maria.’
    • ‘The synopsis may help you make sense of the plot, but it's complicated, if still dramatically compelling, in a Baroque opera way.’
    • ‘Excellent performances, stunning spectacle, and a dramatically satisfying mix of bitter and sweet.’
    • ‘Every word could be heard and his characterisation both vocally and dramatically was perfect.’
    • ‘The high notes are dazzling, however, and dramatically, she is perceptive and lacking neither in pathos nor in vulnerability.’
    • ‘Dramatically, however, the play suffers from the lack of any real counterweight to Desdemona's political passion.’
    • ‘The essential problem was the script, which was unsatisfying on every level - emotionally, dramatically and intellectually.’
    • ‘But the weakest subplot, at least dramatically, is the Wakefield story.’
  • 2By a strikingly large amount or to a strikingly large extent; greatly.

    ‘his health has improved dramatically’
    as submodifier ‘my opponent's policies are dramatically different from ours’
    • ‘Thus, over the course of seven months, Ingres's political outlook changed dramatically.’
    • ‘The number of instances of patients injuring themselves was dramatically reduced by two thirds.’
    • ‘This difference of organization seems simple but it dramatically affected the situation.’
    • ‘Compared to competitive tape drives, the new one will offer dramatically superior price, performance, and reliability features.’
    • ‘Both phones offer dramatically faster downloads than their non-3G cousins.’
    • ‘At the same time, the cost of research has increased dramatically.’
    • ‘The only certainty about a five-year plan is that it will be dramatically wrong within five years.’
    • ‘The unrest in the region is reflected in cocoa prices, which rose dramatically in fall 2002.’
    • ‘Overall radio listening in India has fallen dramatically in recent years.’
    • ‘These surveys have been carried out to assess entirely different problems in structures that varied dramatically in age.’
    1. 2.1 In an exciting or impressive manner.
      ‘his dramatically shaped canvases attracted critical acclaim’
      • ‘A striking painting that was in her show is The Great Leap Forward, a large rectangular canvas with a dramatically diagonal composition.’
      • ‘The house perches dramatically at the cliff's edge.’
      • ‘Bunyan's archetypal characters are dramatically illustrated through fifty masterful watercolor portraits.’
      • ‘Walk in and you survey a dramatically curved staircase that sweeps down one level to the brasserie's bar and lounge.’
      • ‘The pavilions and courtyards are dramatically arranged on a pair of rocky hills overlooking the Indian Ocean.’
      • ‘His geometric abstraction consisted of dramatically simplified geometric blocks of primary colour.’
      • ‘Sometimes it's dramatically beautiful: the tide rapidly sweeping out towards Lindisfarne.’
      • ‘I'm willing to queue for Vervoordt's eclectic collection, dramatically displayed in the atmospheric Palazzo Fortuny.’
      • ‘The illuminated installation elegantly and dramatically enhances the architecture of the building.’
      • ‘At night, the structure is dramatically illuminated, casting angular shadows through the clearing.’
    2. 2.2 In a way intended to create an effect; theatrically.
      ‘she paused dramatically’
      • ‘I cried dramatically, flinging my arms in the air for extra emphasis.’
      • ‘Oakley groaned dramatically, and he looked over at me.’
      • ‘"This is one of the best opportunities for me; this will be a masterpiece from my life," he announced dramatically.’
      • ‘"Better be dead and forgotten," he concluded dramatically, "than living in shame and dishonor!"’
      • ‘Elizabeth was rolling her eyes and sighing dramatically.’
      • ‘I want them to honor my grief, I say dramatically.’
      • ‘His voice dropped dramatically.’
      • ‘He then laughs dramatically for far too long at this joke and I had to pause the video to calm myself.’
      • ‘He bowed dramatically before me again.’
      • ‘"You're not the brother I though you were," she remarked dramatically.’