melodramatic

adjective
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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Other Words from melodramatic

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for melodramatic

Synonyms

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

Antonyms

undramatic

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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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Ruiz presents a range of archly ridiculous, melodramatic scenarios built on mixed signals, marred language and cross purposes among a populace emerging from a violent political nightmare. Robert Abele, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Absurdist telenovela ‘The Wandering Soap Opera’ is a singular treat," 27 June 2019 The direction, by Robin Witt, sometimes emphasizes the qualities in Maugham that soon made this kind of melodramatic potboiler the stuff of Monty Pythonesque satire. Jesse Green, New York Times, "In Chicago’s Vibrant Theater Scene, Two Tales of One City," 7 June 2019 Given the significance of language, no wonder titans of the Tamil film industry long dominated the state’s politics, a saga just as melodramatic as those screened in cinemas. The Economist, "Why India’s south confounds the otherwise all-conquering Narendra Modi," 21 June 2019 But the unapologetically melodramatic book by Jessie Nelson (adapted from Adrienne Shelly’s 2007 film) and the teeming-humanity staging by Diane Paulus deserve a lot of credit for keeping this show popping. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, "Review: ‘Waitress’ carries down-home charm into The Bushnell," 19 June 2019 But over that skeleton of a story, Miller fleshes out a character that, in the hands of a lesser actress, may have seemed melodramatic at best, or sexist at worst. Michael O'sullivan, Twin Cities, "In ‘American Woman,’ Sienna Miller delivers a portrait of a woman forged by grief," 14 June 2019 Ruiz presents a range of archly ridiculous, melodramatic scenarios built on mixed signals, marred language and cross purposes among a populace emerging from a violent political nightmare. Robert Abele, latimes.com, "Review: Raúl Ruiz’s absurdist telenovela ‘The Wandering Soap Opera’ is a singular treat," 6 June 2019 As royals expert Katie Nicholl explained to Glamour a few weeks ago, the idea of there being a melodramatic rift between the Fab Four—specifically Markle and Middleton—is a gross exaggeration. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "People Think Prince William and Kate Middleton Snubbed Meghan Markle in This Photo, but I Call B.S.," 22 Apr. 2019 Once known for melodramatic TV movies about women in peril, Lifetime has refocused on empowerment in recent years, including efforts to offer real-life support for its audience. John Jurgensen, WSJ, "‘Surviving R. Kelly’ Sparks Debate and a Ratings Hit," 10 Jan. 2019

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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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melodramatic

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of melodramatic

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

melodramatic

adjective
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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