• WordNet 3.6
    • adj melodramatic having the excitement and emotional appeal of melodrama "a melodramatic account of two perilous days at sea"
    • adj melodramatic characteristic of acting or a stage performance; often affected "histrionic gestures","an attitude of melodramatic despair","a theatrical pose"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Melodramatic Of or pertaining to melodrama; like or suitable to a melodrama; unnatural in situation or action.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • melodramatic Pertaining to, suitable for, or having the character of melodrama.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Melodramatic of the nature of melodrama: overstrained: sensational
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. mélodramatique,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. melos, a song, drama, a play.


In literature:

Why need we be melodramatic?
"Australian Writers" by Desmond Byrne
Turner's idea of nature seemed to Hugh often purely theatrical and melodramatic, wanting in restraint, in repose.
"Beside Still Waters" by Arthur Christopher Benson
I knew that Miss Lawton herself could not have been a party to this melodramatic hoax!
"The Crevice" by William John Burns and Isabel Ostrander
But here at Munich a mystery so profound broods over the drama that the melodramatic element disappears.
"Six Centuries of Painting" by Randall Davies
It is too melodramatic, too moralistic perhaps to suit our modern taste.
"Cooking and Dining in Imperial Rome" by Apicius
Come, come, boy; I am not sentimental, nor romantic, nor melodramatic, nor nothing of that sort.
"Hidden Hand" by Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte Southworth
The crimes of the French population are generally of a melodramatic order.
"Blackwoods Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 59, No. 366, April, 1846" by Various
He was not to be tempted into spoiling a natural story with the melodramatic horrors of a sinner's deathbed.
"Bunyan" by James Anthony Froude
In criticising Tintoretto, men seem often unable to discriminate between the turgid and melodramatic, and the spontaneous and temperamental.
"The Venetian School of Painting" by Evelyn March Phillipps
He wanted no melodramatic accompaniment.
"The One-Way Trail" by Ridgwell Cullum
It was altogether melodramatically ridiculous.
"The Note-Book of an Attache" by Eric Fisher Wood
His verses never become melodramatic, nor does he ever seem to invest nature with the mystic life of Wordsworth's poetry.
"Hours in a Library" by Leslie Stephen
Instantly and melodramatically the omens changed.
"The Cup of Fury" by Rupert Hughes
She laughed at her own melodramatic misgivings.
"Outside Inn" by Ethel M. Kelley
Forget this wretched little man, and his melodramatic talk.
"The Moving Finger" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
They say I am a cheap melodramatic ranter.
"Seven Keys to Baldpate" by Earl Derr Biggers
He was thrillingly interested in life, travel, and his own melodramatic position.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 20 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
This melodramatic attitude annoyed him.
"Leonore Stubbs" by L. B. Walford
Others have met with accidental death in melodramatic scenes at the hands of their overzealous brother actors.
"The Scrap Book, Volume 1, No. 3" by Various
She would have liked to tell him she loved him, but it would have been too melodramatic.
"The Enormous Room" by Horace Leonard Gold

In news:

For the musical drama Beloved, writer-director Christophe Honoré's melodramatic excesses are tempered by the subtle performances of his leading ladies.
"Not to be melodramatic or anything but, yeah," Tran said.
Sweigert's melodramatic point is pure nonsense.
Sometimes it seems that Jason Pierce—the frontman and founder of melodramatic baroque-rock enthusiasts Spiritualized—makes albums so he has a vehicle for another inevitably sad story.
"Everyone Will Die" hopelessly echoed the melodramatic, tortured-youth sound that gave Motion City the "emo" tag early on, but other new songs showed how well the band has grown up.
Even in a news environment dominated by melodramatic, often bogus, group narratives, the Susan Rice affair stands out.
Musician Fiona Apple already has a bit of a reputation for being melodramatic, and her recent move to cancel her South American tour because her dog is dying probably won't do much to dispel that.
It's a melodramatic love story about attractive young people set in contemporary New York City, without much larger social context.
Throughout them he uses classical melodramatic elements like color, mirror, music, and adaptation, each of which he makes his own.
It is a melodramatic Poe, calling for the gifts of Nicolas Cage.
So far, so well, melodramatic .
Although Solomon Burke is regarded as a soul legend, his early-1960s hit "Just Out of Reach " was a plaintive country lament, his frustrated longing heightened by melodramatic female backup singers and a brief spoken section.
While other momentarily-single celebrities have been keeping me quite busy lately, tweeting dozens of melodramatic breakup things for me to stay on top of, Rob handled the whole KS + RS 4aminute situation so completely perfectly.
Maybe some thought it was a little melodramatic when sanitation worker David Sams pointed to an empty wheelchair and asked who would be the next worker in that chair during a June 26,2000 city council budget meeting.
Hilary Swank and Sam Rockwell portray siblings in the melo­dramatic yet realistic story of a sister's refusal to give up on her wayward brother.

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