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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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 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

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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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