adjective melo·dra·mat·ic \ˌme-lə-drə-ˈma-tik\

: emotional in a way that is very extreme or exaggerated : extremely dramatic or emotional

Full Definition of MELODRAMATIC

:  of, relating to, or characteristic of melodrama
:  appealing to the emotions :  sensational
melo·dra·mat·i·cal·ly \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb


  1. Oh, quit being so melodramatic!
  2. <our office drama queen yet again made the melodramatic declaration that he was contemplating suicide>

First Known Use of MELODRAMATIC


Synonym Discussion of MELODRAMATIC

dramatic, theatrical, histrionic, melodramatic mean having a character or an effect like that of acted plays. dramatic applies to situations in life and literature that stir the imagination and emotions deeply <a dramatic meeting of world leaders>. theatrical implies a crude appeal through artificiality or exaggeration in gesture or vocal expression <a theatrical oration>. histrionic applies to tones, gestures, and motions and suggests a deliberate affectation or staginess <a histrionic show of grief>. melodramatic suggests an exaggerated emotionalism or an inappropriate theatricalism <made a melodramatic plea>.

Other Performing Arts Terms

diva, dramaturgy, loge, prestidigitation, proscenium, supernumerary, zany
MELODRAMATIC Defined for Kids


adjective melo·dra·mat·ic \ˌme-lə-drə-ˈma-tik\

Definition of MELODRAMATIC for Kids

:  extremely or overly emotional <a melodramatic scream>


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