melodramatic

adjective melo·dra·mat·ic \ ˌme-lə-drə-ˈma-tik \
|Updated on: 12 Jul 2018

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

melodramatically

play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of melodramatic in a Sentence

  1. Oh, quit being so melodramatic!

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First Known Use of melodramatic

1789

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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MELODRAMATIC Defined for English Language Learners

melodramatic

Definition of melodramatic for English Language Learners

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


MELODRAMATIC Defined for Kids

melodramatic

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

Definition of melodramatic for Students

: extremely or overly emotional
  • a melodramatic scream


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