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Definition of "dramatic" []

  • Of or relating to drama or the theater. (adjective)
  • Characterized by or expressive of the action or emotion associated with drama or the theatre: a dramatic rescue at sea. (adjective)
  • Arresting or forceful in appearance or effect: a dramatic sunset. (adjective)
  • Music Having a powerful, expressive singing voice: a dramatic tenor. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "dramatic" in a sentence
  • "The _dramatic monologue_ is a poem in which a dramatic situation is presented, or perhaps a story is told, by one speaker."
  • "Mr. Holder said the crackdown—a combination of arrests and stricter restrictions on how pain medication is dispersed—is already having an effect, creating what he called a dramatic decline in oxycodone prescriptions and sales."
  • "In discussing what he called "dramatic" steps already taken by the United States and international community, including sanctions against Libya, Carney said there is no timetable for further decisions."