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  • adjective Obsolete form of dramatic.


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  • 'The fashionable doctrine (says he) both of moralists and criticks in these times is, that virtue and happiness are constant concomitants; and it is regarded as a kind of dramatick impiety to maintain that virtue should not be rewarded, nor vice punished in the last scene of the last act of every tragedy.

    Life Of Johnson

  • Betterton the tragedian; where he exhibited, two years afterwards, 1697, the Mourning Bride, a tragedy, so written as to show him sufficiently qualified for either kind of dramatick poetry.

    The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. in Nine Volumes Volume the Eighth: The Lives of the Poets, Volume II

  • Contrary characters they never imagined a single mind able to support, and therefore no man is recorded to have undertaken more than one kind of dramatick poetry.

    The Works of Samuel Johnson, Volume 03 The Rambler, Volume II

  • I dare say, make an interesting scene in this dramatick sketch this account of the transit of Johnson over the Caledonian hemisphere.

    Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides

  • His judgment of dramatick pieces, so far as concerns their exhibition on the stage, must be allowed to have considerable weight.

    Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides

  • This year his old pupil and friend, David Garrick, having become joint patentee and manager of Drury-lane theatre, Johnson honoured his opening of it with a Prologue, which for just and manly dramatick criticism, on the whole range of the English stage, as well as for poetical excellence, is unrivalled.

    The Life of Samuel Johnson LL.D.

  • If Sheridan was magnificent enough to bestow a gold medal as an honorary reward of dramatick excellence, he should have requested one of the

    The Life of Samuel Johnson LL.D.

  • ‘Then, Sir, (said Davies, who enlivened the dispute by making it somewhat dramatick,) he may become an insurer; and when he is going to the bench, he may be stopped, — “Your Lordship cannot go yet: here is a bunch of invoices: several ships are about to sail.”’

    The Life of Samuel Johnson LL.D.

  • Davies said, he was the first dramatick writer who introduced genteel ladies upon the stage.

    The Life of Samuel Johnson LL.D.

  • And let it be remembered, as an admonition to the genus irritabile of dramatick writers, that this great man, instead of peevishly complaining of the bad taste of the town, submitted to its decision without a murmur.

    The Life of Samuel Johnson LL.D.


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