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Sense 5 of drama from AHDE is:

The quality or condition of being dramatic: a summit meeting full of drama.

What does dramatic mean in this definition? Does it mean greatly affecting people's emotions?

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I presume “a summit meeting full of drama” is unlikely to be one that greatly affects people's emotions, but rather one that contains “theatrical, scenic, stagy, histrionic or melodramatic” goings-on. (These adjectives express connotations of dramatic.) Also see Macmillan Dictionary's sense 4 of dramatic: “dramatic behavior is done to impress other people”. That is, dramatic posturing (rather than emotional drama) is likely to occur in a summit meeting.

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