Definition of undramatic in US English:



  • 1Lacking the qualities expected in drama.

    ‘an undramatic libretto’
    • ‘But making a film undramatic doesn't make it ‘real.’’
    • ‘The writing style grips the attention from the dramatic opening to the wonderfully undramatic quote in the sign off paragraph.’
    • ‘But Alex Poch-Goldin's stage adaptation is surprisingly undramatic.’
    • ‘Messiah is uncharacteristic of Handel's oratorios in part because of its largely undramatic, more contemplative, nature and its text, which is compiled from passages in the Bible.’
    • ‘This undramatic recording by Opera Lafayette of Washington DC stems from a 2002 staging.’
    • ‘If you wish to experience how undramatic a play can get, check out his Our Lady of Sligo.’
    • ‘This Little Life is like that - unassuming, undramatic, moving, utterly compelling and highly recommended.’
    • ‘Yet for all its spectacle, including the climax, when Orpheus is all lit up as a constellation, the ballet's narrative element is undramatic and Bintley's love duets are disappointingly bland.’
    • ‘This novel's the only kind of sustained novel I've done in the first person, and writers here will be aware that the first-person's a very undramatic voice, almost by definition or by its nature.’
    • ‘Also Goad explains, ‘The writing is remarkable poetry but it almost becomes undramatic.’’
    • ‘In this undramatic scene, we see not merely a moment of an era gone by, but the expression of a much deeper, enduring human verity that lies beyond appearance.’
    • ‘But it rarely happens this way, because these apparently blank, undramatic films can also be full of feeling.’
    • ‘What the actor does - lie down, get up, shower, eat - is not scripted and is undramatic in the extreme.’
    • ‘The pair of stories on obsessive and thwarted travel were inherently undramatic and for that reason we wanted to put them on stage.’
    • ‘In one sense this is an undramatic play: two characters on stage, one alone speaking; but it is not.’
    • ‘These exchanges are often undramatic and, surprisingly, there is little tension, just an overwhelming sense of not wanting to be there.’
    1. 1.1 Unexciting.
      ‘research tends to be undramatic and unglamorous’
      • ‘The ironic thing is that one of the reasons the media can't be bothered paying attention to global warming is that it is a slow and undramatic kind of disaster, just the weather, changing everything.’
      • ‘Unexciting and undramatic, maybe, but this would virtually double the effects at the grass roots.’
      • ‘But often the loss of interest is mutual, like a marriage nearing an undramatic end: you merely discover after a bit that you have nothing to say to each other.’
      • ‘Despite dire warnings about global warming, nothing too extreme seems to be happening - as yet - to our temperate climate except for a few slow and undramatic climatic changes.’
      • ‘This time, after all the chat about non-events, undramatic behaviour and what seems like 100 years of solitude, the thud causes both of us to jump.’
      • ‘Any changes undertaken to avoid these deaths will probably be undramatic, and lacking in the public attention given to Sarah's Law.’
      • ‘The leaked programme for the next legislative session was undramatic to the point of self-parody.’
      • ‘A taxicab crossed between us in a wholly undramatic fashion, but in the space of a second, a look of bare panic crashed across the woman's face and she wilted into her husband's arms.’
      • ‘‘Like any pastime, flying is, for the most part, fairly undramatic,’ our reviewer, Gavin Daly, wrote.’
      • ‘A car zipped past and I wondered where the police were in regular, undramatic, hard times.’
      • ‘Precisely because it is often quiet and undramatic, James explains, charity is hard to make artistically compelling.’
      • ‘The things that affect the viewer most are often inconspicuous, undramatic.’
      • ‘The book is also a quiet, thoughtful, undramatic and unsensational story.’
      • ‘They are always presented in fairly undramatic standard portrait poses.’
      • ‘Our reaction to the experience was undramatic.’
      • ‘Our native British trees are changing leaf colour in a modest, unhurried fashion, achieving no more than soft, undramatic russets, yellows and ochres before the leaves fall away to leave bare branches stroking the sky.’
      • ‘Television writers and producers are wise to edit out those aspects of criminal and civil cases that are tedious, or simply undramatic.’
      • ‘Odds say that your next trip into the great outdoors will be as memorable and undramatic as each that preceded it.’
      • ‘It is a splendid novel composed with a poised restraint and admirably captures the contrast between Henry James's vibrant fiction and the elusive, undramatic quality of his own life.’
      • ‘In fact, he was driven to the Royal Infirmary at an undramatic speed because he is not registered with a doctor in Edinburgh.’