Definition of dramatic adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//drəˈmætɪk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//drəˈmætɪk//
    Describing geographic regions
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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. 2  exciting and impressive a dramatic victory They watched dramatic pictures of the police raid on TV. set against the dramatic backcloth of Mont Blanc Synonymsexcitingdramatic heady thrilling exhilaratingThese words all describe an event, experience or 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 watched dramatic pictures of the police raid on TV.heady having a strong effect on your senses; making you feel excited and hopeful:the heady days of youththrilling 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/​heady/​thrilling/​exhilarating experience/​moment a(n) exciting/​dramatic/​heady atmosphere a(n) exciting/​dramatic/​thrilling finish/​finale/​victory/​win See related entries: Describing geographic regions
  3. 3  [usually before noun] connected with the theatre or plays a local dramatic society Students will study various plays and dramatic texts. a dramatic monologue
  4. 4  exaggerated 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!
  5. Word Originlate 16th cent.: via late Latin from Greek dramatikos, from drama, dramat-, from dran ‘do, act’.Extra examples I don’t want to sound overly dramatic, but it changed my life. I need to see a dramatic improvement in your work. The village is set against the dramatic backcloth of Mont Blanc. There was a dramatic fall in population. There were dramatic scenes in the capital’s central square.
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