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From Ancient Greek δραματικός (dramatikós), from δρᾶμα (drâma, drama, play), from δράω (dráō, I do, accomplish).


  • IPA(key): /dɹəˈmætɪk/
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dramatic (comparative more dramatic, superlative most dramatic)

  1. Of or relating to the drama.
    • 1911, “Music”, in 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica:
      Monteverde found the conditions of dramatic music more favourable to his experiments than those of choral music, in which both voices and ears are at their highest sensibility to discord.
  2. Striking in appearance or effect.
    • 1986, Ronald Reagan, Proclamation 5430:
      Each year remarkable advances in prenatal medicine bring ever more dramatic confirmation of what common sense told us all along-that the child in the womb is simply what each of us once was: a very young, very small, dependent, vulnerable member of the human family.
    • 2013 August 17, “Best and brightest”, in The Economist, volume 408, number 8849:
      Poland has made some dramatic gains in education in the past decade. Before 2000 half of the country’s rural adults had finished only primary school. Yet international rankings now put the country’s students well ahead of America’s in science and maths (the strongest predictor of future earnings), even as the country spends far less per pupil.
  3. Having a powerful, expressive singing voice.

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Further reading[edit]

  • "dramatic" in Raymond Williams, Keywords (revised), 1983, Fontana Press, page 109.




dramatic m or n (feminine singular dramatică, masculine plural dramatici, feminine and neuter plural dramatice)

  1. dramatic


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