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[mel-uh-druh-mat-ik] /ˌmɛl ə drəˈmæt ɪk/
of, like, or befitting melodrama.
exaggerated and emotional or sentimental; sensational or sensationalized; overdramatic.
melodramatics, melodramatic writing or behavior.
Origin of melodramatic
1810-20; melodrama + (drama)tic
Related forms
melodramatically, adverb
nonmelodramatic, adjective
nonmelodramatically, adverb
unmelodramatic, adjective
unmelodramatically, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for melodramatic
  • She was a natural storyteller, dramatic, even melodramatic.
  • Though the plotting is a bit too transparent and the ending shamelessly melodramatic, readers will enjoy the excitement.
  • Brothers still has a fondness for chaos, veering from the silly in one scene to the melodramatic in the next.
  • His characters are all priceless--haughty ham actors, melodramatic drunks, driven company hacks.
  • Despite its melodramatic moments, remarkable performances drive home the film's inspiring message.
  • From the beginning, the melodramatic phrase never travelled well.
  • If the plot comes off as manufactured or melodramatic, the emotions of characters remain genuine and haunting.
  • These melodramatic aspects don't interest her.
  • Don't want to look melodramatic but it can be a long time.
  • What a melodramatic article.
Word Origin and History for melodramatic

1776; from foreign source of melodrama on model of dramatic. Related: Melodramatically.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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