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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ro·man·tic a.
 1. Of or pertaining to romance; involving or resembling romance; hence, fanciful; marvelous; extravagant; unreal; as, a romantic tale; a romantic notion; a romantic undertaking.
    Can anything in nature be imagined more profane and impious, more absurd, and undeed romantic, than such a persuasion?   --South.
    Zeal for the good of one's country a party of men have represented as chimerical and romantic.   --Addison.
 2. Entertaining ideas and expectations suited to a romance; as, a romantic person; a romantic mind.
 3. Of or pertaining to the style of the Christian and popular literature of the Middle Ages, as opposed to the classical antique; of the nature of, or appropriate to, that style; as, the romantic school of poets.
 4. Characterized by strangeness or variety; suggestive of adventure; suited to romance; wild; picturesque; -- applied to scenery; as, a romantic landscape.
 Syn: -- Sentimental; fanciful; fantastic; fictitious; extravagant; wild; chimerical. See Sentimental.
 The romantic drama. See under Drama.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Dra·ma n.
 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;
 The four first acts already past,
 A fifth shall close the drama with the day;
 Time's noblest offspring is the last.   --Berkeley.
    The drama and contrivances of God's providence.   --Sharp.
 3. Dramatic composition and the literature pertaining to or illustrating it; dramatic literature.
 Note: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.