dramatic Definition

  • 1sudden and striking
  • 2intended to create an effect on people's emotions
  • 3relating to drama or the performance or study of drama

Using dramatic: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "dramatic" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

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    The sunset was a dramatic sight.

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    The play had a dramatic ending that left the audience in tears.

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    She made a dramatic entrance into the room.

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    The movie was filled with dramatic music and special effects.

dramatic Synonyms and Antonyms

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Idioms Using dramatic

  • to enter a room or situation in a way that attracts attention and creates a strong impression


    She made a dramatic entrance at the party, wearing a bright red dress and carrying a large bouquet of flowers.

  • the impact or emotional response created by a dramatic scene or event


    The director used special lighting and music to create a dramatic effect in the final scene of the play.

  • a physical action or movement that is intended to have a strong emotional impact


    He made a dramatic gesture, throwing his hands up in the air and shouting in frustration.

Phrases with dramatic

  • a literary technique where the audience knows something that the characters do not, creating tension and suspense


    In Romeo and Juliet, the audience knows that Juliet is not really dead, but Romeo does not, creating dramatic irony.

  • a moment of silence in a speech or performance, used for emphasis or to create tension


    The actor used a dramatic pause before delivering the final line of the play.

  • a type of poem or speech in which a character speaks directly to the audience, revealing their inner thoughts and feelings


    Robert Browning's 'My Last Duchess' is a famous example of a dramatic monologue.

Origins of dramatic

from Greek 'dramatikos', meaning 'pertaining to drama'


Summary: dramatic in Brief

The term 'dramatic' [drəˈmatɪk] refers to sudden and striking events or actions that are intended to create an emotional effect. It can also relate to drama or the performance or study of drama. Examples include 'The sunset was a dramatic sight,' and 'The play had a dramatic ending that left the audience in tears.' Phrases like 'dramatic irony' and idioms like 'make a dramatic entrance' add depth to the term.

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