Origin of melodrama
Examples from the Web for melodrama
Hitchcock saw human behavior fresh, even in a tired form like melodrama.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The man of melodrama was not perceived as a fit for the postwar world.Churchill Would Be Famous Today on the Strength of His Writing Alone|Anthony Paletta|June 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Though she has cause for melodrama, you will not find it in this book.House of Cads: Growing Up Amid the Weirdness of Bloomsbury|Jessica Ferri|April 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Plus, the melodrama belies the heavy moralizing that guides each Madea film.
The tone veered wildly between camp, melodrama, realism, and messy amalgamations of the three.The 7 Most Ridiculous Moments From ‘Smash’ Season 1 (VIDEOS)|Kevin Fallon|February 5, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Valmond was alive to it all, almost too alive, for at first the flamboyancy of his spirit touched him off with melodrama.When Valmond Came to Pontiac, Complete|Gilbert Parker
For the whole charm of a melodrama is that it is in essentials just like every other melodrama that has gone before.If I May|A. A. Milne
Of the Anglo-French melodrama of recent years, Mr. Burnand has been the frequent and successful satirist.A Book of Burlesque|Willam Davenport Adams
Mr. Macready was steadily rising from melodrama to the highest walks of tragedy, and his golden opportunity came in Virginius.Their Majesties' Servants (Volume 3 of 3)|John Doran
It was the beginning of that evolution of the stage that culminated in the ascendency, for a time, of the melodrama.Watch Yourself Go By|Al. G. Field
British Dictionary definitions for melodrama
Word Origin for melodrama
Word Origin and History for melodrama
1784 (1782 as melo drame), "a stage-play in which songs were interspersed and music accompanied the action," from French mélodrame (18c.), from Greek melos "song" (see melody) + French drame "drama" (see drama). Meaning "a romantic and sensational dramatic piece with a happy ending" is from 1883, because this was often the form of the original melodramas. Also from French are Spanish melodrama, Italian melodramma, German melodram. Related: Melodramatize.