- 1 [attributive] Relating to drama or the performance or study of drama: the dramatic arts a dramatic societyMore example sentences
- No studies have assessed the impact of the dramatic society on the lives of its participants.
- How many people of working age, for instance, now join amateur dramatic societies, or sign up to be Girl Guide leaders?
- Instead, pop culture, European legends and dramatic arts are clearly traceable.
- 2(Of an event or circumstance) sudden and striking: a dramatic increase in recorded crimeMore example sentences
considerable, substantial, sizeable, goodly, fair, reasonable, tidy, marked, pronounced; noticeable, measurable, perceptible, conspicuous, obvious, detectable, visible, appreciable; significant, striking, signal, notable, noteworthy, worthy of attention, remarkable, outstanding, extraordinary, exceptional, phenomenal; important, of importance, of consequence, consequential
- Now this, I have to say, constitutes a hugely dramatic change in circumstances.
- We usually prefer gradual and mild change to sudden and dramatic change.
- The human capacity to adapt to dramatic changes in life circumstances is impressive.
- 2.1Exciting or impressive: he recalled his dramatic escape from the building dramatic mountain peaksMore example sentences
exciting, stirring, action-packed, sensational, spectacular, startling, unexpected, tense, suspenseful, rip-roaring, gripping, riveting, fascinating, thrilling, hair-raising, rousing, lively, animated, spirited, electrifying, impassioned, emotive, emotional, emotion-charged, moving, soul-stirring, powerful, headyNorth American • informal stem-windingstriking, eye-catching, impressive, imposing, spectacular, breathtaking, dazzling, vivid, amazing, astounding, astonishing, surprising, staggering, stunning, sensational, awesome, awe-inspiring, remarkable, notable, noteworthy, distinctive, graphic, extraordinary, outstanding, incredible, phenomenal, unusual, rare, uncommon, out of the ordinary
- Its cities are colourful and animated, its mountains dramatic and its hills verdant and tranquil.
- This final attempt to contain the leader is sometimes one of the most dramatic and exciting parts of the game.
- He will talk briefly on these too, with a backdrop of dramatic mountain scenery.
- 2.2(Of a person or their behaviour) intending or intended to create an effect; theatrical: with a dramatic gesture, she put a hand to her browMore example sentences
theatrical, stage, dramaturgical, thespian; show-business• informal showbiz• rare histrionic, theatricexaggerated, theatrical, ostentatious, actressy, stagy, showy, melodramatic, overacted, overdone, overripe, actorly, histrionic, affected, mannered, artificial, stilted, unreal, forced
- His technique and his dramatic personality made him by far the greatest dancer I had seen at that time.
- He is as dramatic as they come and a delight for journalists looking for good copy.
- Cavendish and her dramatic heroines alternately invite and reject the gaze of the other, of desire, and of the crowd.
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- However, in the coming weeks the nature of the foreign forces in Iraq will change dramatically.
- If he had succeeded I'm not sure that things would have changed so dramatically.
- A stroll round a good, healthy rose garden is dramatically effective heart medicine.
late 16th century: via late Latin from Greek dramatikos, from drama, dramat- (see drama).