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

Definition of melodramatic 

1 : of, relating to, or characteristic of melodrama a luridly melodramatic script

2 : appealing to the emotions : sensational the fund-raiser's desperate, melodramatic appeal for more donations

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melodramatically \-ti-k(ə-)lē \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for melodramatic


dramatic, histrionic, operatic, stagy (or stagey), theatrical (also theatric)



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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

Examples of melodramatic in a Sentence

Oh, quit being so melodramatic!

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The byzantine road to restoration — and the campaigns to avoid the wrecking ball — have been as melodramatic as one of the movies the Uptown showcased in the 1920s. Chris Jones,, "Uptown Theatre will be restored: $75 million plan unveiled for grand palace on North Side," 28 June 2018 The frankness of Farber's script makes for explosive drama as well as overzealous schmaltz more melodramatic than Strindberg's original. Justin Hayford, Chicago Reader, "Mies Julie depicts a postapartheid South Africa still mired in its legacy of colonialism and racism," 6 June 2018 By the end of the song’s sole verse, Shinoda has reasserted both his place in the story as well as his ear for satisfying, melodramatic pop. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Mike Shinoda Asks Not to Be Defined by Loss," 21 June 2018 The nostalgic movie features rowdy freshman hazing, melodramatic football coaches, and cruising in low-riding Chevrolets. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, "The Best Summer Movies of All Time," 12 June 2018 The explosively angry Blue is plagued by inner demons that are never satisfyingly explored, with his alternatively loving and abusive treatment of Pumpkin seeming mostly designed for a forced, melodramatic ending that feels unconvincing. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Paradise Blue': Theater Review," 15 May 2018 But along with those testimonies of faith, Underwood also has a taste for melodramatic struggle and strife. Dan Deluca,, "Carrie Underwood opens the new Hard Rock on comeback weekend in Atlantic City," 30 June 2018 Director Sheryl Kaller’s kinetic pacing continually pushes melodramatic moments at the audience without allowing any one to land or resonate before delivering another., "World premiere musical ‘Walk on the Moon’ in S.F. mostly captures spirit of 1969," 16 June 2018 If millennial pink is ubiquitous and melodramatic purple is emotional, then what is blush nude? Kathleen Hou, The Cut, "The Prettiest Blush Perfume," 23 May 2018

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First Known Use of melodramatic

1789, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of melodramatic was in 1789

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English Language Learners Definition of melodramatic

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


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

Kids Definition of melodramatic

: extremely or overly emotional a melodramatic scream

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