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[druh-mat-iks] /drəˈmæt ɪks/
(used with a singular or plural verb) the art of producing or acting dramas.
(used with a plural verb) dramatic productions, especially by amateurs.
(used with a plural verb) dramatic, overly emotional, or insincere behavior:
His friends are tired of all his phony dramatics.
Origin of dramatics
1675-85; see dramatic, -ics Unabridged
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Examples from the web for dramatics
  • Still, bold and decisive acts without serious consequences are not heroics but dramatics.
  • Some flight attendants seem to think of the plane as a stage for their misplaced amateur dramatics career.
  • Such dramatics aside, there's clearly a problem here.
  • dramatics, which were held after school, were also shunned.
  • Late-inning dramatics seem to be on the agenda more than ever.
  • She could emerge as the real winner in this contest without having to go through all of the dramatics of being on the show.
  • It was a stage perfectly set for heartwarming dramatics.
  • Adults can learn children's histories through children's play, dramatics, and artwork.
British Dictionary definitions for dramatics


(functioning as singular or pl)
  1. the art of acting or producing plays
  2. dramatic productions
(usually functioning as pl) histrionic behaviour
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