op·er·at·ic | \ ˌä-pə-ˈra-tik \

Definition of operatic 

1 : of or relating to opera

2 : grand, dramatic, or romantic in style or effect

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Other words from operatic

operatically \ˌä-pə-ˈra-ti-k(ə-)lē \ 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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Festival: Bass Hao Jiang Tian and the young singers from his Beijing opera festival perform a program of operatic excerpts and Chinese songs. Joshua Kosman, SFChronicle.com, "Joshua Kosman’s classical music picks, June 24," 22 June 2018 Director Lowell Williams gets glorious performances from his M Ensemble cast, each of the seven sounding distinctive notes in a play that is both intimate and operatic in scale. Christine Dolen, miamiherald, "'Seven Guitars' a riveting revival of August Wilson's take on black life in the 20th century," 12 June 2018 His book is full of humorous anecdotes and observations calculated to keep operatic neophytes interested. Monitor Staff, The Christian Science Monitor, "10 best books of July: the Monitor's picks," 12 July 2018 Verdi’s operatic adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragedy of the Moor of Venice. Matt Cooper, latimes.com, "Weekend Picks for July 12-15; ABT's 'La Bayadère,' the L.A. Phil's 'Otello' and more," 11 July 2018 The biography is full of humorous anecdotes, observations calculated to keep operatic neophytes interested. Weston Williams, The Christian Science Monitor, "'Verdi' takes a lively approach to uncovering the man behind the art," 4 July 2018 The lyrics are florid, the action is sensationalized and psychopathic and the emotional range is operatic. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, "Terrence Mann Kills It As 'Sweeney Todd' At CT Rep," 26 June 2018 Then the theater played a video mashup of her recent cable news appearances to the sounds of operatic music—seemingly playing up her new role as a conquering hero of the anti-Trump resistance. Ryan Smith, Chicago Reader, "News / Politics / The Trump Era Stormy Daniels storms out of Chicago strip club: 'I got fired,' she says as weekend shows appear canceled," 15 June 2018 Verdi’s operatic telling of Shakespeare’s tragedy is conducted by Antonio Pappano, with a cast that includes Anna Netrebko as Lady Macbeth. Matthew J. Palm, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Enzian screens ballet, opera in summer series," 9 June 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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