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  1. of or relating to opera: operatic music.
  2. resembling or suitable for opera: a voice of operatic caliber.
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  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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Historical Examples of operatically

  • It was in Paris that the first attempt was made to treat "Don Juan" operatically.

    Life Of Mozart, Vol. 3 (of 3)

    Otto Jahn

  • Such is Giacomo Puccini, who is operatically the man of the moment.

    Giacomo Puccini

    Wakeling Dry

  • During our entire garden interview (operatically speaking, the garden-scene), the President was not smoking.

British Dictionary definitions for operatically


  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 operatically



1749, from opera on model of dramatic.

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