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melodramatic

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1 given to or marked by attention-getting behavior suggestive of stage acting
  • He yet again made the melodramatic declaration that he couldn't take it anymore and was resigning.
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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 make sure his bills were paid on time.
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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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