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melodramatic

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

Simple Definition of melodramatic

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

Full Definition of melodramatic

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or characteristic of melodrama

  2. 2 :  appealing to the emotions :  sensational

melo·dra·mat·i·cal·ly play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of melodramatic

  1. Oh, quit being so melodramatic!

  2. <our office drama queen yet again made the melodramatic declaration that he was contemplating suicide>



1808

First Known Use of melodramatic

1808

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>.

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