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[op-uh-rat-ik] /ˌɒp əˈræt ɪk/
of or relating to opera:
operatic music.
resembling or suitable for opera:
a voice of operatic caliber.
Usually, operatics. (used with a singular or plural verb)
  1. the technique or method of producing or staging operas.
  2. exaggerated or melodramatic behavior, often thought to be characteristic of operatic acting.
Origin of operatic
1740-50; opera1 + -tic, after drama, dramatic
Related forms
operatically, adverb
nonoperatic, adjective
nonoperatically, adverb
unoperatic, adjective
unoperatically, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for operatic
  • Choreographed fountain shows inevitably bring traffic to a halt whenever the operatic arias start.
  • Seeing and hearing her in these roles is one of the great operatic experiences of our day.
  • Listen to the predominant fashion in rock vocalizing: it's an evocation or parody of operatic singing.
  • operatic tenor settles hotel suit over collapse of shower bench.
  • Projects of all sizes that involve works from the entire operatic canon are eligible.
  • He also possessed a fine operatic voice and worked steadily on the opera stage during the early part of his career.
  • Eventually his company offered a variety of recorded selections to the public, including operatic arias.
  • The program also featured a unique blend of operatic, folk and traditional musical performances.
  • He compensated for the instrument's flaws with an operatic vibrato, or wavering tone which became his specialty.
  • He was humiliated and felt certain that his operatic career, which depended on the goodwill of the public, was doomed.
British Dictionary definitions for operatic


of or relating to opera
histrionic or exaggerated
Derived Forms
operatically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for operatic

1749, from opera on model of dramatic.

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