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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
First recorded in 1810-20; melodrama + (drama)tic
Related forms
melodramatically, adverb
nonmelodramatic, adjective
nonmelodramatically, adverb
unmelodramatic, adjective
unmelodramatically, adverb
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Examples from the Web for melodramatic
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  • She was not in the least melodramatic, and what was stranger, perhaps, she was not ashamed.

    Roden's Corner Henry Seton Merriman
  • It is too melodramatic, too moralistic perhaps to suit our modern taste.

  • Her sorrowful Satan grows first melodramatic and then absurd.

    My Contemporaries In Fiction David Christie Murray
  • The Admiral stood wrapped in his cloak, melodramatic as usual.

    The False Chevalier William Douw Lighthall
  • It was a melodramatic departure, and as such has ever been impressed on my memory.

    Memoirs Charles Godfrey Leland
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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