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melodrama

play
noun melo·dra·ma \ˈme-lə-ˌdrä-mə, -ˌdra-\

Simple Definition of melodrama

  • : drama in which many exciting events happen and the characters have very strong or exaggerated emotions

  • : a situation or series of events in which people have very strong or exaggerated emotions

Full Definition of melodrama

  1. 1 a :  a work (as a movie or play) characterized by extravagant theatricality and by the predominance of plot and physical action over characterization b :  the genre of dramatic literature constituted by such works

  2. 2 :  something resembling a melodrama especially in having a sensational or theatrical quality

melo·dra·ma·tist play \ˌme-lə-ˈdra-mə-tist, -ˈdrä-\ noun

Examples of melodrama

  1. Critics dismissed his work as melodrama.

  2. an actor with a talent for melodrama

  3. She is starring in another melodrama.

  4. The trial turned into a melodrama.

  5. a life full of melodrama



Origin of melodrama

modification of French mélodrame, from Greek melos song + French drame drama, from Late Latin drama


First Known Use: 1802

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