Dra"ma(dr"m or dr"m; 277), n. [L. drama, Gr. dra^ma, fr. dra^n to do, act; cf. Lith. daryti.] 1. A composition, in prose or poetry, accommodated to action, and intended to exhibit a picture of human life, or to depict a series of grave or humorous actions of more than ordinary interest, tending toward some striking result. It is commonly designed to be spoken and represented by actors on the stage.
A divine pastoral drama in the Song of Solomon.Milton.
2. A series of real events invested with a dramatic unity and interest. "The drama of war."
Westward the course of empire takes its way;Berkeley.
The four first acts already past,
A fifth shall close the drama with the day;
Time's noblest offspring is the last.
The drama and contrivances of God's providence.Sharp.
3. Dramatic composition and the literature pertaining to or illustrating it; dramatic literature.
The principal species of the drama are tragedy and comedy; inferior species are tragi-comedy, melodrama, operas, burlettas, and farces.
The romantic drama, the kind of drama whose aim is to present a tale or history in scenes, and whose plays (like those of Shakespeare, Marlowe, and others) are stories told in dialogue by actors on the stage. J. A. Symonds.
Dra*mat"ic*al(dr*mt"*kl), } a. [Gr. dramatiko`s, fr. dra^ma: cf. F. dramatique.] Of or pertaining to the drama; as, dramatic arts. [wns=3]
2. suitable to or characteristic of or having the qualities of, a drama; theatrical; as, a
dramatic entrance in a swirling cape; a
dramatic rescue at sea. Opposite of
undramatic. [wns=1] [Narrower terms: melodramatic; awe-inspiring, spectacular]
The emperor . . . performed his part with much dramatic effect.Motley.
3. striking in appearance or effect; vivid; having a thrilling effect; as, a
dramatic sunset; a
dramatic pause. [wns=2]
Syn. -- spectacular, striking.
(Music) marked by power and expressiveness and a histrionic or theatrical style; -- of a singer or singing voice; as, a
dramatic tenor; a dramatic soprano. Contrasted to
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