Dramatic means having to do with a play, as in “a dramatic production.” It also means striking or exaggerated.

Half an hour of exercise a day can have a dramatic effect on your physical well being. If you burst into tears when you get a B on a paper and wail, “Now I’m never going to get into college,” you can be accused of being dramatic, which means you’re acting out your reaction, or overly dramatic, which means your reaction is over the top.

Definitions of dramatic
  1. adjective
    pertaining to or characteristic of drama
    dramatic arts”
  2. adjective
    suitable to or characteristic of drama
    “a dramatic entrance in a swirling cape”
    “a dramatic rescue at sea”
    having the excitement and emotional appeal of melodrama
    characteristic of spectacles or drama
    affectedly dramatic; overacted
    see moresee less
    lacking dramatic force and quality
    not spectacular
    show more antonyms...
  3. adjective
    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”
    see moresee less
    used of a singer or singing voice that is light in volume and modest in range
  4. adjective
    sensational in appearance or thrilling in effect
    “a dramatic sunset”
    “a dramatic pause”
    synonyms: spectacular, striking
    making a strong or vivid impression
Word Family