adjective Date: 1589 1. of or relating to the drama <
a dramatic actor
2. a. suitable to or characteristic of the drama <
a dramatic attempt to escape
b. striking in appearance or effect <
a dramatic pause
3. of an opera singer having a powerful voice and a declamatory style — compare lyricdramatically adverb Synonyms: dramatic, theatrical, histrionic, melodramatic mean having a character or an effect like that of acted plays. dramatic applies to situations in life and literature that stir the imagination and emotions deeply <
a dramatic meeting of world leaders
. theatrical implies a crude appeal through artificiality or exaggeration in gesture or vocal expression <
a theatrical oration
. histrionic applies to tones, gestures, and motions and suggests a deliberate affectation or staginess <
a histrionic show of grief
. melodramatic suggests an exaggerated emotionalism or an inappropriate theatricalism <
made a melodramatic plea

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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