melo·​dra·​mat·​ic | \ ˌme-lə-drə-ˈma-tik How to pronounce melodramatic (audio) \

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 \ ˌme-​lə-​drə-​ˈma-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce melodramatic (audio) \ adverb

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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!
Recent Examples on the Web While the writing in Our Time Is Now is as clear and unadorned as any politician’s policy book, the prose in While Justice Sleeps is gripping and, above all, melodramatic. Scott W. Stern, The New Republic, 10 June 2021 In A Little Life, a novel by the author Hanya Yanagihara, the tone is exaggerated, almost melodramatic. Kate Cray, The Atlantic, 4 June 2021 Less melodramatic, but more moving, are the works in which South Korean artists attempt to make connections across the border. New York Times, 5 May 2021 There’s always been a tension in his comedy between an ironic, smarty-pants cleverness and an often melodramatic point of view. New York Times, 1 June 2021 No other sport inspires such melodramatic conclusions from one night to the next, conclusions that often contradict what came 24 hours earlier. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, 27 May 2021 Against a backdrop of swaying cypruses, winding streets, and cathedral frescoes, Cher, Lily Tomlin, and the dames (Smith, plus Joan Plowright and Judi Dench) ham it up without getting melodramatic. Elle Carroll, Vulture, 20 May 2021 On Dickinson, Emily is earnest and absurd, melodramatic and profound. Emily Layden, Town & Country, 27 Feb. 2021 Who wanted something more happy or melodramatic, easy to understand, and sellable. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, 24 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of melodramatic

1789, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Melodramatic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of melodramatic

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


melo·​dra·​mat·​ic | \ ˌme-lə-drə-ˈma-tik How to pronounce melodramatic (audio) \

Kids Definition of melodramatic

: extremely or overly emotional a melodramatic scream


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