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 More recent examples are melodramatic or comedic, setting the stage for the cartoonish nature of the meme. Sarah Spellings, Vogue, 4 Aug. 2022 Without the burden of respectability, of shouldering stories for an entire community, the show is free to be light, frothy, melodramatic, and unafraid to offend. Lester Fabian Brathwaite,, 29 July 2022 Heck, on the same service as The Man from Toronto sits RRR, a three-hour Indian action spectacular that at its most unapologetically over-the-top and melodramatic feels like a dare to James Wan and James Cameron. Scott Mendelson, Forbes, 29 June 2022 The house lights dimmed and a sort of political trailer played, set to melodramatic music. Andrew Marantz, The New Yorker, 27 June 2022 The ending depends on a perverse kind of deus ex machina that some readers will consider too melodramatic. Ron Charles, Washington Post, 7 June 2022 Argento's work has always incorporated the melodramatic sweep and heightened emotion of opera. Katie Rife,, 17 June 2022 But many critics have called out her tearless sobbing and melodramatic tone as inauthentic. Rebecca Rosenberg, Fox News, 12 May 2022 With everyone subdued, Schneider and Schultz at least have a genuine love story to play out, and Jennifer Smith and Kevin Ligon give an old-school melodramatic musical comedy tone. Christopher Arnott, Hartford Courant, 1 June 2022 See More

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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 13 Aug. 2022.

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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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