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DRAMATIC

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does dramatic mean? 

DRAMATIC (adjective)
  The adjective DRAMATIC has 4 senses:

1. suitable to or characteristic of drama
2. sensational in appearance or thrilling in effect
3. pertaining to or characteristic of drama
4. used of a singer or singing voice that is marked by power and expressiveness and a histrionic or theatrical style

  Familiarity information: DRAMATIC used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


DRAMATIC (adjective)


Sense 1dramatic [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Suitable to or characteristic of drama

Context examples:

a dramatic entrance in a swirling cape / a dramatic rescue at sea

Similar:

melodramatic (having the excitement and emotional appeal of melodrama)

spectacular (characteristic of spectacles or drama)

hammy (affectedly dramatic; overacted)

Attribute:

drama (the quality of being arresting or highly emotional)

Antonym:

undramatic (lacking dramatic force and quality)


Sense 2dramatic [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Sensational in appearance or thrilling in effect

Synonyms:

spectacular; striking; dramatic

Context examples:

a dramatic sunset / a dramatic pause / a spectacular display of northern lights / it was a spectacular play / his striking good looks always created a sensation

Similar:

impressive (making a strong or vivid impression)


Sense 3dramatic [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Pertaining to or characteristic of drama

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context example:

dramatic arts

Pertainym:

drama (a dramatic work intended for performance by actors on a stage)


Sense 4dramatic [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Used of a singer or singing voice that is marked by power and expressiveness and a histrionic or theatrical style

Context examples:

a dramatic tenor / a dramatic soprano

Domain category:

music (an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner)

Antonym:

lyric (used of a singer or singing voice that is light in volume and modest in range)


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