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Definition of dramatic adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1(of a change, an event, etc.) sudden, very great, and often surprising a dramatic increase/fall/change/improvement dramatic results/developments/news The announcement had a dramatic effect on house prices.
  2. 2exciting and impressive a dramatic victory They watched dramatic pictures of the police raid on TV. set against the dramatic backdrop of Mont Blanc Thesaurusexcitingdramatic thrilling exhilaratingThese words all describe an event, an experience, or a feeling that causes excitement.exciting causing great interest or excitement:This is one of the most exciting developments in biology in recent years.dramatic (of events or scenes) exciting and impressive:They saw dramatic pictures of the hurricane on TV.thrilling exciting and enjoyable:Don't miss next week's thrilling episode!exhilarating very exciting and enjoyable:My first parachute jump was an exhilarating experience.exciting, thrilling, or exhilarating?Exhilarating is the strongest of these words and exciting the least strong. Exciting is the most general and can be used to talk about any activity, experience, feeling, or event that excites you. Thrilling is used especially for contests and stories where the ending is uncertain. Exhilarating is used especially for physical activities that involve speed and/or danger.Patterns a(n) exciting/dramatic/thrilling/exhilarating experience/moment a(n) exciting/dramatic atmosphere a(n) exciting/dramatic/thrilling finish/finale/victory/win
  3. 3[usually before noun] connected with the theater or plays a local dramatic society Students will study various plays and dramatic texts. a dramatic monologue
  4. 4exaggerated in order to create a special effect and attract people's attention He flung out his arms in a dramatic gesture. Don't be so dramatic!
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adverb Prices have fallen dramatically. Events could have developed in a dramatically different way. “At last!” she cried dramatically. The mountains rose dramatically behind them.
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