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melodramatic

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of melodramatic

  1. 1 given to or marked by attention-getting behavior suggestive of stage acting our office drama queen yet again made the melodramatic declaration that he was contemplating suicide Synonyms of melodramatic dramatic, hammy, histrionic, theatrical, stagy (or stagey)Words Related to melodramatic actorish, actorly, actressy; overacted, overdone, sensational, staged; conspicuous, elaborate, flamboyant, grandiose, ostentatious, showy; affected, artificial, exaggerated, mannered, pretentious, self-conscious, studied, unnaturalNear Antonyms of melodramatic nondramatic, nontheatrical, unaffected, underplayed, unpretentious; muted, restrained, subdued, toned (down); conservative, discreet, inconspicuous; modest, plain, quiet, simpleAntonyms of melodramatic undramatic

  2. 2 having the general quality or effect of a stage performance he gave his usual melodramatic speech that he had learned his lesson and thereafter would always remain faithful to his wife Synonyms of melodramatic histrionic, dramatic, operatic, stagy (or stagey), theatrical (also theatric)Words Related to melodramatic affected, emotional, emotionalistic, sensational; actorish, actorly, actressy, dramaturgic (or dramaturgical), ham, hammy; amazing, astonishing, astounding, awesome, exciting, eye-opening, fabulous, marvelous (or marvellous), spectacular, surprising, wonderful, wondrous; overdramaticNear Antonyms of melodramatic matter-of-fact, monotonous, uneventful, unexciting; uninspiring, unnewsworthy, unrewarding, unsensational, unspectacular; common, commonplace, ordinary, stale, unexceptionalAntonyms of melodramatic undramatic

Synonym Discussion of melodramatic

dramatic, theatrical, histrionic, melodramatic mean having a character or an effect like that of acted plays. dramatic applies to situations in life and literature that stir the imagination and emotions deeply.
    • a dramatic meeting of world leaders
theatrical implies a crude appeal through artificiality or exaggeration in gesture or vocal expression.
    • a theatrical oration
histrionic applies to tones, gestures, and motions and suggests a deliberate affectation or staginess.
    • a histrionic show of grief
melodramatic suggests an exaggerated emotionalism or an inappropriate theatricalism.
    • made a melodramatic plea


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