op·​er·​at·​ic | \ ˌä-pə-ˈra-tik How to pronounce operatic (audio) \

Definition of operatic

1 : of or relating to opera
2 : grand, dramatic, or romantic in style or effect

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operatically \ ˌä-​pə-​ˈra-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce operatically (audio) \ adverb

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the fall of the scandal-ridden government seemed operatic in its scope and consequences
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First Known Use of operatic

1749, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for operatic

opera entry 2 + -atic, probably after dramatic

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The first known use of operatic was in 1749

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4 Jul 2020

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“Operatic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/operatic. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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