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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 couldn't take it anymore and was quitting

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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 pay his bills on time

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How is the word melodramatic distinct from other similar adjectives?

Some common synonyms of melodramatic are dramatic, histrionic, and theatrical. While all these words mean "having a character or an effect like that of acted plays," melodramatic suggests an exaggerated emotionalism or an inappropriate theatricalism.

made a melodramatic plea

When is dramatic a more appropriate choice than melodramatic?

The words dramatic and melodramatic are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, dramatic applies to situations in life and literature that stir the imagination and emotions deeply.

a dramatic meeting of world leaders

When might histrionic be a better fit than melodramatic?

While the synonyms histrionic and melodramatic are close in meaning, histrionic applies to tones, gestures, and motions and suggests a deliberate affectation or staginess.

a histrionic show of grief

When can theatrical be used instead of melodramatic?

While in some cases nearly identical to melodramatic, theatrical implies a crude appeal through artificiality or exaggeration in gesture or vocal expression.

a theatrical oration

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The first known use of melodramatic was in 1789

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“Melodramatic.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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