melo·​dra·​ma·​tize ˌme-lə-ˈdra-mə-ˌtīz How to pronounce melodramatize (audio)
melodramatized; melodramatizing; melodramatizes

transitive verb

: to make melodramatic
melodramatize a situation
: to make a melodrama of (something, such as a novel)
melodramatization noun

Word History

First Known Use

1820, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of melodramatize was in 1820

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“Melodramatize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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