of or relating to opera: operatic music.
resembling or suitable for opera: a voice of operatic caliber.


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

1740–50; 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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Contemporary Examples of operatic

Historical Examples of operatic

  • 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.


    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



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

1749, from opera on model of dramatic.

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