noun plural but singular or plural in construction Date: 1796 1. the study or practice of theatrical arts (as acting and stagecraft) 2. dramatic behavior or expression

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  • dramatics — n. to study dramatics * * * [drə mætɪks] to study dramatics …   Combinatory dictionary

  • dramatics — dra|mat|ics [drəˈmætıks] n [plural] behaviour that shows too much emotion, and is annoying or does not seem sincere ▪ Rex had no time for her dramatics, and left the room. →amateur dramatics at ↑amateur …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • dramatics — /dreuh mat iks/, n. 1. (used with a sing. or pl. v.) the art of producing or acting dramas. 2. (used with a pl. v.) dramatic productions, esp. by amateurs. 3. (used with a pl. v.) dramatic, overly emotional, or insincere behavior: His friends are …   Universalium

  • dramatics — dra|mat|ics [ drə mætıks ] noun 1. ) uncount the activity of performing plays: amateur dramatics 2. ) plural INFORMAL the behavior of someone who shows a lot of emotion that is not necessary or sincere …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • dramatics — noun 1 (U) the study or practice of skills used in drama, such as acting: amateur dramatics 2 (plural) behaviour that shows too much feeling, and that is often insincere; histrionics …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • dramatics — UK [drəˈmætɪks] / US noun 1) [uncountable] See: amateur dramatics 2) [plural] informal the behaviour of someone who shows a lot of emotion that is not necessary or sincere …   English dictionary

  • dramatics — noun a) (used with a singular or plural verb) the art of acting and stagecraft. b) (used with a singular or plural verb) dramatic behaviour …   Wiktionary

  • dramatics — Synonyms and related words: Thespian art, amateur theatricals, blazon, bravura, brilliancy, daring, dash, demonstration, display, dramatic art, dramatic form, dramatic irony, dramatic stroke, dramatic structure, dramaticism, dramatism, dramaturgy …   Moby Thesaurus

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