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operatic

[op-uh-rat-ik]
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adjective
  1. of or relating to opera: operatic music.
  2. resembling or suitable for opera: a voice of operatic caliber.
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noun
  1. 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.
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Origin of operatic

1740–50; opera1 + -tic, after drama, dramatic
Related formsop·er·at·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·op·er·at·ic, adjectivenon·op·er·at·i·cal·ly, adverbun·op·er·at·ic, adjectiveun·op·er·at·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Related Words

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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

adjective
  1. of or relating to opera
  2. histrionic or exaggerated
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Derived Formsoperatically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for operatic

adj.

1749, from opera on model of dramatic.

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