Definition of melodrama
1a : a work (such as a movie or play) characterized by extravagant theatricality and by the predominance of plot and physical action over characterization an actor with a flair for melodramab : the genre (see genre 1) of dramatic literature constituted by such works
2 : something resembling a melodrama especially in having a sensational or theatrical quality The trial turned into a melodrama.
melodramatistplay \ˌme-lə-ˈdra-mə-tist, -ˈdrä-\ noun
Examples of melodrama in a Sentence
Critics dismissed his work as melodrama.
an actor with a talent for melodrama
She is starring in another melodrama.
The trial turned into a melodrama.
a life full of melodrama
Recent Examples of melodrama from the Web
Dave Gettleman has turned the exit interview into a melodrama during his four-plus years as the Carolina Panthers’ general manager.
Pancake breakfasts, Sawtooth Rangers Rodeo, parade on Main Street, a shoot-out melodrama, music, antique markets, Draper Preserve River Festival, fireworks.
The angry voices calling for Hedy Weiss' ostracism from Chicago's theater scene echo a melodrama that played in Athens 2,509 years ago.
Kiwi singer Lorde, fresh off her excellent sophomore album Melodrama, found herself in some melodrama of her own after attempting to explain some of her more high-profile friendships.
For her directorial debut, Dexter-Jones wrote and directed Cecile on the Phone, an 11-minute short which explores the melodrama that ensues when a former flame reenters one's life.
The courtroom emptied quickly, but the two main players in this 11-day melodrama lingered.
Critics on the left, and even some on the right, have been quick to highlight parallels between Watergate and the Russian melodrama captivating Capitol Hill.
My Cousin Rachel offers the chance to sink his teeth into a juicy, gothic romantic melodrama, based on a 1951 novel by Daphne Du Maurier.
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Origin and Etymology of melodrama
modification of French mélodrame, from Greek melos song + French drame drama, from Late Latin drama
First Known Use: 1802See Words from the same year
MELODRAMA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of melodrama for English Language Learners
: drama in which many exciting events happen and the characters have very strong or exaggerated emotions
: a situation or series of events in which people have very strong or exaggerated emotions
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