1. Of or relating to drama or the theater.
2. Characterized by or expressive of the action or emotion associated with drama or the theater: a dramatic rescue.
3. Arresting or forceful in appearance or effect: a dramatic sunset.
4. Music Having a powerful, expressive singing voice: a dramatic tenor.
[Late Latin drāmaticus, from Greek drāmatikos, from drāma, drāmat-, drama; see DRAMA.]
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