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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Admittedly, Trump isn’t the only world leader to get this kind of operatic recognition. Anne Midgette, Washington Post, "Opera plays its Trump card: Yes, the president is showing up in Verdi," 4 July 2019 Metacritic score: 74 Ari Aster’s Midsommar, a confidently directed and operatic follow-up to 2018’s Hereditary, situates its tale of grief, breakups, and rites in northern Sweden, at the height of its endless sun season. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Midsommar," 2 July 2019 The currently popular operatic version is two acts, but with a prologue and epilogue that have the captain reminiscing, in old age, about the terrible things that happened to Billy long ago. Ray Mark Rinaldi, The Know, "Review: A 1951 opera is making a comeback because it’s, you know, a little gay," 21 June 2019 Franco Zeffirelli, whose opulent set designs and sweeping directorial style bolstered operatic films, religious epics and Shakespearean love stories, has died. Duane Byrge, The Hollywood Reporter, "Franco Zeffirelli, Oscar-Nominated Director for 'Romeo and Juliet,' Dies at 96," 15 June 2019 The State Opera has cast the female leads with three of the greatest soprano stars of the Viennese operatic firmament. Larry Wolff, The New York Review of Books, "A Resonant Centenary for Strauss at the Vienna State Opera," 13 June 2019 Their suffering seems operatic, their joys subdued. Patty Rhule, USA TODAY, "Jennifer Weiner's 'Mrs. Everything' explores broken dreams in the era of women's lib," 10 June 2019 The musical, a folk-operatic retelling of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth, comes from singer-songerwriter Anais Mitchell. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Tony Awards 2019: All the Musicals Up for Best New Musical," 7 June 2019 And Lord, if Broadway legend Patti LuPone isn’t having the operatic time of her life as Frederica Norman, a wealthy Upper East Side battle ax who owns a storefront Blanca hopes to rent. Kristen Baldwin, EW.com, "Pose acts up, sparks joy in season 2: EW review," 7 June 2019

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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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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