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dramatic

[druh-mat-ik] /drəˈmæt ɪk/
adjective
1.
of or relating to the drama.
2.
employing the form or manner of the drama.
3.
characteristic of or appropriate to the drama, especially in involving conflict or contrast; vivid; moving:
dramatic colors; a dramatic speech.
4.
highly effective; striking:
The silence following his impassioned speech was dramatic.
Origin of dramatic
1580-1590
1580-90; < Late Latin drāmaticus < Greek drāmatikós, equivalent to drāmat- (stem of drâma) drama + -ikos -ic
Related forms
dramatically, adverb
nondramatic, adjective
nondramatically, adverb
overdramatic, adjective
overdramatically, adverb
predramatic, adjective
pseudodramatic, adjective
pseudodramatically, adverb
quasi-dramatic, adjective
quasi-dramatically, adverb
semidramatic, adjective
semidramatically, adverb
undramatic, adjective
Synonyms
1. theatrical. 4. startling, sensational.
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  • His approach to Melcher had been dramatic, terrifying, effective.

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  • But his methods are not possessed in the main of dramatic respectability.

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British Dictionary definitions for dramatic

dramatic

/drəˈmætɪk/
adjective
1.
of or relating to drama
2.
like a drama in suddenness, emotional impact, etc
3.
striking; effective
4.
acting or performed in a flamboyant way
5.
(music) (of a voice) powerful and marked by histrionic quality
Derived Forms
dramatically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for dramatic
adj.

1580s, from Late Latin dramaticus, from Greek dramatikos "pertaining to plays," from drama (genitive dramatos; see drama). Meaning "full of action and striking display, fit for a drama" is from 1725. Dramatic irony is recorded from 1907. Related: Dramatical; dramatically.

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