an extravagant comedy in which action is more salient than characterization
A kind of drama having a musical accompaniment to intensify the effect of certain scenes.
A drama abounding in romantic sentiment and agonizing situations, with a musical accompaniment only in parts which are especially thrilling or pathetic. In opera, a passage in which the orchestra plays a somewhat descriptive accompaniment, while the actor speaks; as, the melodrama in the grave digging scene of Beethoven's "Fidelio".
Any situation or action which is blown out of proportion.
Origin: From the melodramma, the second element refashioned by analogy with drama, which the dramma represents both etymologically and semantically; ultimately, both the and the represent a supposed etymon of the form *, from the extant roots and ; compare melodrame, the mélodrame, the Melodram, and the melodrama.
formerly, a kind of drama having a musical accompaniment to intensify the effect of certain scenes. Now, a drama abounding in romantic sentiment and agonizing situations, with a musical accompaniment only in parts which are especially thrilling or pathetic. In opera, a passage in which the orchestra plays a somewhat descriptive accompaniment, while the actor speaks; as, the melodrama in the gravedigging scene of Beethoven's "Fidelio"
Origin: [F. mlodrame, fr. Gr. me`los song + dra^ma drama.]
The term melodrama refers to a dramatic work that exaggerates plot and characters in order to appeal to the emotions. It may also refer to the genre which includes such works, or to language, behavior, or events which resemble them. It is usually based around having the same character traits, for example a hero, heroine, villain and villain's sidekick. It is also used in scholarly and historical musical contexts to refer to dramas of the 18th and 19th centuries in which orchestral music or song was used to accompany the action. The term originated from the early 19th-century French word mélodrame, which is derived from Greek melos, music, and French drame, drama.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
mel-o-dram′a, n. a kind of romantic and sensational drama, formerly largely intermixed with songs—also Mel′odrame.—adj. Melodramat′ic, of the nature of melodrama: overstrained: sensational.—n. Melodram′atist, a writer of melodramas. [Gr. melos, a song, drama, a play.]
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
a play consisting of sensational incidents, and arranged to produce striking effects.
The numerical value of melodrama in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of melodrama in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
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- sandiwara sensasiIndonesian
- melodrama, мелодрамаSerbo-Croatian
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