dramatic

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj dramatic suitable to or characteristic of drama "a dramatic entrance in a swirling cape","a dramatic rescue at sea"
    • adj dramatic sensational in appearance or thrilling in effect "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"
    • adj dramatic used of a singer or singing voice that is marked by power and expressiveness and a histrionic or theatrical style "a dramatic tenor","a dramatic soprano"
    • adj dramatic pertaining to or characteristic of drama "dramatic arts"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Table salt is the only commodity that hasn’t risen dramatically in price in the last 150 years.
    • Dramatic (Music) marked by power and expressiveness and a histrionic or theatrical style; -- of a singer or singing voice; as, a dramatic tenor; a dramatic soprano. Contrasted to lyric.
    • a Dramatic Of or pertaining to the drama; as, dramatic arts.
    • Dramatic striking in appearance or effect; vivid; having a thrilling effect; as, a dramatic sunset; a dramatic pause.
    • Dramatic suitable to or characteristic of or having the qualities of, a drama; theatrical; as, a dramatic entrance in a swirling cape; a dramatic rescue at sea. Opposite of undramatic.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Murder is the only crime that does not increase during the full moon. Theft, disorderly conduct, larceny, armed robbery, assault and battery, and rape all statistically increase dramatically during the full moon.
    • dramatic Of or pertaining to the drama; represented by action; appropriate to or in the form of a written or acted drama: as, dramatic action; a dramatic poem.
    • dramatic Employing the form or manner of the drama; writing or acting dramatically or theatrically: as, a dramatic poet; a dramatic speaker.
    • dramatic Characterized by the force and animation in action or expression appropriate to the drama; expressed with action, or with the effect of action: as, a dramatic description; a dramatic appeal.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Dramatic belonging to the drama: appropriate to or in the form of a drama: with the force and vividness of the drama
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Quotations

  • Jane Fonda
    Jane Fonda
    “A good many dramatic situations begin with screaming.”
  • Mal Pancoast
    Mal%20Pancoast
    “The odds of hitting your target go up dramatically when you aim at it.”
  • Clark Moustakas
    Clark Moustakas
    “The most dramatic conflicts are perhaps, those that take place not between men but between a man and himself -- where the arena of conflict is a solitary mind.”
  • John F. Kennedy
    John%20F.%20Kennedy
    “The courage of life is often a less dramatic spectacle than the courage of the final moment; but it is no less a magnificent mixture of triumph and tragedy.”
  • Albert Einstein
    Albert%20Einstein
    “In a healthy nation there is a kind of dramatic balance between the will of the people and the government, which prevents its degeneration into tyranny.”
  • John Reeves
    John Reeves
    “Of all the dramatic media, radio is the most visual.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. dramatiko`s, fr. dra^ma: cf. F. dramatique,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—Gr. drama, dramatosdraein, to do.

Usage

In literature:

And we have nothing more dramatic, nervous, natural!
"Shirley" by Charlotte Brontë
The Ancients expressed their religious beliefs in a dramatic way on a number of occasions throughout the year.
"The Sex Worship and Symbolism of Primitive Races" by Sanger Brown, II
Why is it that dramatized novels often fail in the theater?
"Materials and Methods of Fiction" by Clayton Hamilton
The lyric tenor is a lighter voice than the dramatic for the same reason that florid soprano is lighter than dramatic soprano.
"The Voice" by Frank E. Miller
To this fact we owe some passages of poetry which are among the most beautiful in all dramatic literature.
"An Introduction to Shakespeare" by H. N. MacCracken
Chaucer's characters are narrative, Shakspeare's dramatic, Milton's epic.
"Hazlitt on English Literature" by Jacob Zeitlin
A tremendous dramatic success.
"Mistress Nell" by George C. Hazelton, Jr.
She wanted to yield dramatically and this was dramatic enough.
"The "Genius"" by Theodore Dreiser
Perhaps the French conte, or brief dramatic narrative, is the strictest story type of all.
"The Technique of Fiction Writing" by Robert Saunders Dowst
His narrative is less perspicuous, less dramatic, less spirited, and less life-like than the original.
"The Works of Alexander Pope, Volume 1" by Alexander Pope
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In poetry:

Now I'm prepared to bet a guinea,
Were this a mere dramatic case,
The page would have eloped with MINNIE,
But, no - he only left his place.
"Little Oliver" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Brave Lincoln on the right with kindling eye
Smiles 'mid the cares of grave command immersed,
To see dramatic retribution nigh
And Charleston's fate reversed!
"Arms And The Man - The Lines Around Yorktown" by James Barron Hope
Faintly and slow adown my burning face;
A keen sense of the woman touched you then,
The nice dramatic sense you women have,
Playing upon the feelings of us men!
""Now That The Pain Is Gone, I Too Can Smile."" by Elizabeth Drew Barstow Stoddard
There was once a young man quite erratic
Who lived all alone in an attic,
He wrote magazine verse
That made editors curse,
But his friends thought it fine and dramatic.
"Genius" by Edwin Carty Ranck
So they were buried on that hill in France,
Before their ears had heard the battle din;
Before life gave them its dramatic chance—
A lasting fame, or glorious death to win.
"In France I Saw A Hill" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Or white lightning, seascapes of Chateaubriand
Shores the dramatic ocean beats upon,
Where the lone hero, gloomy on the wild strand
Sees friends and lovers and companions gone,
Hawk, gull, and heron flying.
"Lightning For Atmosphere" by Marya Zaturenska

In news:

They must make dramatic changes or they will become irrelevant, creating a vacuum that the Libertarian Party may be able to fill.
Arthur Miller's Tony Award-winning tragic drama, The Crucible , will be presented Nov 8-11 at the Rylander Theatre in downtown Americus by Sumter Players and Georgia Southwestern State University Dramatic Arts.
The CP-1H Crumb Press from Food-Tools is designed to dramatically reduce labor costs and improve product quality.
You'd better fly down fast to the Laboratory Theater in order to catch a powerfully dramatic production of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" (playing Jan, 25-28th at 8 PM).
RISMEDIA, May 24, 2011—Warning: The information you are about to read will dramatically change the way you see yourself and how you relate to other people.
Software relying on the ISO standards for cutting tool s aims to dramatically simplify tool selection.
The problem used to be that these tools were expensive (note the dramatic use of past tense).
Dramatic end gives Smokies' Dancy big win.
Russ Canzler has a flair for the dramatic.
Dramatic Mars landing caught on video.
There are other, less dramatic ways, that the nocebo effect could have played a role in my father's illness.
Produced by Hal Wilner, the Robert Altman of all-star concept LPs, this dramatized reading of Hunter S Thompson's 1970 essay casts Tim Robbins in the lead, with cameos by Dr John and Ralph Steadman, Thompson's sidekick and frames illustrator.
French films specialize in effectively and efficiently dramatizing personal relationships.
Talk about making a dramatic entrance.
The dramatic series airing on Cinelatino in the US was judged too controversial to air in its homeland during election season.
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In science:

This last finding should only be taken as the manifestation of the importance of the corrective terms which can lead to such dramatic changes and improvements in SN (t) after modifying some of the subdominant factors of the survival probability.
I. Territory covered by N random walkers on deterministic fractals. The Sierpinski gasket
One has to emphasize that although the structure of the functional is similar to regular action, the result of the variation procedure is dramatically different from that in mechanics.
Generalized Entropy approach to far-from-equilibrium statistical mechanics
Theorem 2.3 gives a dramatic reduction of dimensionality to 2, i.e., the dimension of the invariant subspace V .
Generalization of Grover's Algorithm to Multiobject Search in Quantum Computing, Part II: General Unitary Transformations
New calculation reveals that E is constant in a thin layer across the Fermi surface, befitting the definition of energy gap parameter, ∆ varies dramatically.
Understanding BCS Theory
However, we find that E is constant in a thin layer across the Fermi surface, befitting the definition of energy gap parameter, ∆ varies dramatically.
Understanding BCS Theory
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