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

Synonyms & Antonyms for operatic


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



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Examples of operatic in a Sentence

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

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But the soap operatic, palace-intrigue pieces about how he was fired? Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Jessica Yellin Is a Veteran Reporter Out to Change the Way You Get Your News," 20 Nov. 2018 The Italian conductor Gianandrea Noseda, the music director of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, had left an operatic post this spring at the Teatro Regio in Turin, Italy, amid administrative and political upheaval. Michael Cooper, New York Times, "A ‘Ring’ Lures the Conductor Gianandrea Noseda to Zurich," 2 July 2018 That’s what the sign outside the hall said, anyway, even though the greatest operatic soprano of the 20th century has been dead since 1977. Terry Teachout, WSJ, "Diva Back From the Dead," 14 Nov. 2018 Franklin sang an operatic selection from the opera La Boheme on Sunday night. Wayne Parry, The Seattle Times, "Lawyer: Miss America report finding no bullying a whitewash," 10 Sep. 2018 But right from the start — and hammered home by the excessive use of helicopter shots — Yellowstone tries to be so expansive and soap-operatic that there's barely any realism in it. Tim Goodman, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Yellowstone': TV Review," 18 June 2018 Mika, Valentino Garavani, Natalia Vodianova and Tracee Ellis Ross all got to their feet as the rousing operatic voice of Maria Callas played out the sumptuous creations from what was the week’s strongest collection. Washington Post, "Standing ovation at Valentino caps Paris couture week," 4 July 2018 There's oodles of operatic drama, but the album's biggest pleasures often come in subtle moments. Jill Lawless, chicagotribune.com, "Review: Florence + the Machine looks back with regret, hope," 29 June 2018 In a concert performance of an operatic work, the singers simply stand in front of the orchestra, often with scores in their hands, and take turns singing their parts. Anthony Barcellos, sacbee, "Full-throated if not quite fully staged, it’s ‘Tosca’," 4 May 2018

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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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