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operatic

[op-uh-rat-ik] /ˌɒp əˈræt ɪk/
adjective
1.
of or relating to opera:
operatic music.
2.
resembling or suitable for opera:
a voice of operatic caliber.
noun
3.
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
1740-1750
1740-50; opera1 + -tic, after drama, dramatic
Related forms
operatically, adverb
nonoperatic, adjective
nonoperatically, adverb
unoperatic, adjective
unoperatically, adverb
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Examples from the Web for operatic
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  • For that one measure, his operatic fate was trembling in the balance.

    The Dominant Strain Anna Chapin Ray
  • "And a good thing it was for the operatic stage," chuckled the man.

    Melomaniacs James Huneker
  • She spoke the easy French of the boulevards, the easier Italian of the operatic stage.

    The Paliser case Edgar Saltus
  • Then there is Undine, but she only appears on the operatic stage, and that but rarely.

    From a Terrace in Prague Lieut.-Col. B. Granville Baker
  • Of the operatic fantasias there are perhaps a hundred or more.

British Dictionary definitions for operatic

operatic

/ˌɒpəˈrætɪk/
adjective
1.
of or relating to opera
2.
histrionic or exaggerated
Derived Forms
operatically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for operatic
adj.

1749, from opera on model of dramatic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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