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melodramatic

[mel-uh-druh-mat-ik] /ˌmɛl ə drəˈmæt ɪk/
adjective
1.
of, like, or befitting melodrama.
2.
exaggerated and emotional or sentimental; sensational or sensationalized; overdramatic.
noun
3.
melodramatics, melodramatic writing or behavior.
Origin of melodramatic
1810-1820
1810-20; melodrama + (drama)tic
Related forms
melodramatically, adverb
nonmelodramatic, adjective
nonmelodramatically, adverb
unmelodramatic, adjective
unmelodramatically, adverb
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  • But we think of him only as a sentimental and melodramatic romanticist whose work has no connection with real life.

  • "My story is almost as melodramatic as a modern romance, Doctor Rocke," she said.

    Capitola's Peril Mrs. E.D.E.N. Southworth
  • It is laid amid the plots and counterplots of bloody Russia, the most melodramatic background of modern history.

    The Critical Game John Albert Macy
  • She had not noted the melodramatic manner in which her husband had broken off.

    The Watchers of the Plains Ridgewell Cullum
  • Her decline began with Madelon, which is improbable and melodramatic, and it continued through all her later work.

Word Origin and History for melodramatic
adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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