What does melodramatic mean?

Definitions for melodramatic
ˌmɛl ə drəˈmæt ɪkmelo·dra·mat·ic

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. melodramaticadjective

    having the excitement and emotional appeal of melodrama

    "a melodramatic account of two perilous days at sea"

  2. histrionic, melodramaticadjective

    characteristic of acting or a stage performance; often affected

    "histrionic gestures"; "an attitude of melodramatic despair"; "a theatrical pose"


  1. melodramaticadjective

    Of or pertaining to melodrama; like or suitable to a melodrama; unnatural in situation or action.

  2. melodramaticadjective

    Exaggeratedly emotional or sentimental.

    She wrote him a melodramatic letter, threatening to kill herself.


  1. melodramatic

    A modern melodrama is a dramatic work in which the plot, typically sensationalized and for a strong emotional appeal, takes precedence over detailed characterization. Melodramas typically concentrate on dialogue that is often bombastic or excessively sentimental, rather than action. Characters are often flat, and written to fulfill stereotypes. Melodramas are typically set in the private sphere of the home, focusing on morality and family issues, love, and marriage, often with challenges from an outside source, such as a "temptress", a scoundrel, or an aristocratic villain. A melodrama on stage, filmed, or on television is usually accompanied by dramatic and suggestive music that offers cues to the audience of the drama being presented. In scholarly and historical musical contexts, melodramas are Victorian dramas in which orchestral music or song was used to accompany the action. The term is now also applied to stage performances without incidental music, novels, films, television, and radio broadcasts. In modern contexts, the term "melodrama" is generally pejorative, as it suggests that the work in question lacks subtlety, character development, or both. By extension, language or behavior which resembles melodrama is often called melodramatic; this use is nearly always pejorative.


  1. melodramatic

    Melodramatic refers to a behavior or event characterized by excessive emotion, exaggerated expression, or overdramatic action that often lacks authenticity or genuineness. It is often associated with dramatic performance styles in literature, theater, or film that may include sensational plot elements, grand gestures, or heightened emotions.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Melodramaticadjective

    of or pertaining to melodrama; like or suitable to a melodrama; unnatural in situation or action

  2. Etymology: [Cf. F. mlodramatique.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of melodramatic in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of melodramatic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of melodramatic in a Sentence

  1. Nick Clegg:

    For us, the alternative to these melodramatic calls for breaking up companies is exactly what we're discussing here, which is proper regulation. What the tech sector needs is not to be broken up, it is proper rules.

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    a British imperial capacity measure (liquid or dry) equal to 4 quarts or 4.545 liters
    A foumart
    B substrate
    C congius
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