of, like, or befitting melodrama.
exaggerated and emotional or sentimental; sensational or sensationalized; overdramatic.
melodramatics, melodramatic writing or behavior.
- mel·o·dra·mat·i·cal·ly, adverb
- non·mel·o·dra·mat·ic, adjective
- non·mel·o·dra·mat·i·cal·ly, adverb
- un·mel·o·dra·mat·ic, adjective
- un·mel·o·dra·mat·i·cal·ly, adverb
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How to use melodramatic in a sentence
Brushing off children’s ecological grief as melodramatic—or trying to cheer them up by changing the subject—sends the message that the situation isn’t dire or even that nature isn’t worth saving.
Having been the senior obituary writer for the New York Times, Fox long ago learned the reader-appealing usefulness of the melodramatic sentence and weird anecdote.The greatest prison escape ever? ‘The Confidence Men’ tells a sensational true story. | Michael Dirda | June 16, 2021 | Washington Post
That countersuit, filed this week, is the written version of Lindell’s “documentaries,” melodramatic, glitchy, sweeping and deeply flawed in both obvious and non-obvious ways.Mike Lindell’s ‘fraud’ allegations are even more ridiculous than you might think | Philip Bump | June 4, 2021 | Washington Post
Yes, a few melodramatic moments disrupt the naturalism midway through the season, and the choice to tease the revelation of an assailant’s identity by repeatedly placing them just outside the frame is a bit cheap.Kate Winslet's Mare of Easttown Is the Rare Crime Drama That Cares About Its Characters | Judy Berman | April 16, 2021 | Time
If that seems melodramatic, perhaps you haven’t been awake this past year, when the way the world is designed became more crucial than ever.
As exuberant as I tend to be, I did feel “knight” would be too melodramatic.
But to say the capital teeters on the verge of collapse is both melodramatic and misleading.Heart of Darkness: Into Afghanistan’s Taliban Valley | Matt Trevithick, Daniel Seckman | November 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
And sports, if anything, just serves as a way to act out this competition on a more melodramatic stage.Cleveland Comes Crawling Back to LeBron: The Masochism of Rust Belt Chic | Arthur Chu | July 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But even paranoid melodramatic self-aggrandizers sniff out nefarious and tentacular plots from time to time.Amazon’s Fight With Hachette Strands An Author In The Crossfire | David Shafer | June 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The book is gritty without being noir, touching without being melodramatic.Crime and Punishment, Chicago Style: Five Books on Life in Chi-Town | Alexai Galaviz-Budziszewski | April 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Here was a melodramatic scene in which he not only was not playing a leading part, but did not even carry a banner.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol | William J. Locke
That is one of the melodramatic bits, said Bobby, weakly, leaning against the wall for support.The Girls of Central High on the Stage | Gertrude W. Morrison
I know nothing more melodramatic than certain of the plots of Shakespeare's plays.You Never Know Your Luck, Complete | Gilbert Parker
Will anyone suggest to me the marriage of a girl of seventeen with a man over sixty is melodramatic.You Never Know Your Luck, Complete | Gilbert Parker
The tales are told with a calmness and reserve that make most of Poe's seem somewhat boyish and melodramatic by comparison.The Letters of Ambrose Bierce | Ambrose Bierce