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 melodramatically (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 The director, Gina Prince-Bythewood, spotlights the melodramatic poignancy of the tale’s clever premise, yet does so all too briefly and glancingly—because of the film’s rigid genre framework. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "“The Old Guard,” Reviewed: Warriors Who Can Never Die, or Free Themselves from Genre Constraints," 9 July 2020 Ultimately, the series was lauded as scattered and melodramatic and got the boot after one season. Glamour, "Canceled TV Shows 2020: The Full List," 9 July 2020 The group is famous for melodramatic songs that are high on octane and low on subtlety. Noelle Mateer, Wired, "Linkin Park T-Shirts Are All the Rage in China," 9 July 2020 Temple makes this melodramatic trope work thanks to her unusual, clipped and very funny style. Washington Post, "In Emily Temple’s ‘The Lightness,’ troubled teens fall hard for the promise of spirituality," 1 July 2020 Korean cinema has specialized in melodrama long enough to produce some unlikely hybrids, such as the melodramatic psychosexual horror shows of Kim Ki-young. Colin Marshall, The New Yorker, "What to Stream: The Best Movies in the Korean Film Archive," 17 June 2020 Ultimately, the series was lauded as scattered and melodramatic and got the boot after one season. Glamour, "Canceled TV Shows 2020: The Full List," 13 June 2020 Churchill, who came to the pinnacle on May 10, 1940, was widely regarded as unstable, melodramatic and overly fond of strong drink. Jon Meacham, New York Times, "Great Leadership in a Time of Crisis," 24 Mar. 2020 Wall Street reports have a tendency toward the melodramatic, but this week the emotional language was justified: markets really did crash. James Mackintosh, WSJ, "Take a Deep Breath and Assess Whether It Is Time to Buy," 13 Mar. 2020

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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 15 Jul. 2020.

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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


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Kids Definition of melodramatic

: extremely or overly emotional a melodramatic scream

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