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melodramatic

[mel-uh-druh-mat-ik]
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adjective
  1. of, like, or befitting melodrama.
  2. exaggerated and emotional or sentimental; sensational or sensationalized; overdramatic.
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noun
  1. melodramatics, melodramatic writing or behavior.
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Origin of melodramatic

First recorded in 1810–20; melodrama + (drama)tic
Related formsmel·o·dra·mat·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·mel·o·dra·mat·ic, adjectivenon·mel·o·dra·mat·i·cal·ly, adverbun·mel·o·dra·mat·ic, adjectiveun·mel·o·dra·mat·i·cal·ly, adverb
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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.

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